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cost (one) dear

To bring one trouble; to result in very negative consequences. The crimes of his youth cost him dear when he started applying for jobs.
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Early suggestions are it is not a serious knock but even a few days' missed training sessions could cost dear. But Capello said the injury was not serious enough to definitively end his hopes of making the final 23.
Not an inch will be asked for or conceded and even the slightest of mistake can cost dear. It's clearly going to be crunch time soccer and in the end nothing will be forgotten or forgiven.
Frank's Time Race 1 Gulfstream Drops into the claiming ranks for this second start after being cost dear by a slow start on debut at Hawthorne.
Cook displayed the virtue of patience on a slow surface as rashness from others cost dear.
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The link to fruit bats, however, cost dear to the country's fruit exports dipping following the ban in Gulf countries.
The Akal Takht's decision, which caused resentment among the Sikhs, cost dear to the Badals who have been controlling the Akal Takht through the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Comittee.