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cost (someone) dearly

To cause dire, harmful, or problematic consequences for someone, especially regarding a foolish action or a mistake. Drinking all night before his final exams is going to cost him dearly. That late penalty could cost them dearly, as it now puts their opponents within range to tie the game.
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Experts do not see anything bad in the state interventionism but they predict that this practice could cost dearly if it is not within the market logic.
Ordinary Russians should be made to understand that permitting Putin to continue will cost dearly.
This must be considered during your R&D, as getting it wrong can cost dearly.
Data breaches can cost dearly: credit card companies can assess fines if a breach occurs and the merchant is found to be non-compliant with the PCI Security Standards.
But it is these moves from commercially attractive dates to mid-week afternoons that have cost dearly.
mde be msu At times at Augusta he looked like his moment was coming with some quite superb ball-striking that had him very much in the hunt - only for his putting to ultimately cost dearly in the end.
You can revisit details in future years to help people see how certain decisions paid off well or cost dearly. Junior staff can learn early on whether they want to move into this aspect of administration and prepare by taking on more responsibility, taking formal classes outside of work, and so on.
The project, launched by Advantage West Midlands and the Government body WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) is designed to steer businesses away from putting waste into landfill, which can cost dearly.
1 Sovereignty Day, an elated Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki noted, "A year ago, the mere thought of forces withdrawing from Iraq was considered a dream." After a five-year conflict that cost dearly in blood and treasure, the Iraqi leader's elation is a feeling most Americans certainly share.
Defensive mistakes against Japan cost dearly while a new look team against Qatar energised Bahrain's campaign and ensured a point.
In one of the most dramatic finishes for many years, Davis headed into a damp final stage without the advantage of four-wheel drive, knowing the slightest of errors would cost dearly. But transmission problems dropped Wise a further nine seconds behind, allowing Davis an impressive margin in his victory.
Instead, the decision makers allowed the strictly limited personnel transport to advance into full production and fielding "as is"--and this oversight will cost dearly.
But Strachan admitted his side's failure to break down a resilient Dunfermline had cost dearly.
It was scant reward for Rovers who had enjoyed copious amounts of pressure but the lack of a cutting edge up front cost dearly.