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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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The 2011 Open champion hit 78% of greens in regulation - 34% more than fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington - but 38 putts cost him dear.
The Nuneaton 26-yearold went into Saturday well placed to launch a title challenge, let alone a top ten place, but four double bogeys in the last 12 holes cost him dear as he carded a nine-over round to add to a solid 70 and 71 during the first two days.
His decision not to take the pounds 500,000 pay-off he is entitled to receive on his departure is, without doubt, the gesture of a decent man and one that will cost him dear.
Lee had looked in fine form all week but a series of early errors cost him dear as he dropped seven frames in a row after clinching the opener.
Keane accepted that sub El-Hadji Diouf's dreadful challenge on Pompey defender Glen Johnston cost him dear.
The 40-year-old from Bedford gave the champion plenty to think about but his lack of boxing ability cost him dear and the cleaner shots of Chagaev earned him victory by scores of 117-110, 117-111 (twice).
Nerves and several fouls cost him dear in the first session, with Carmarthen's Stevens, the world number 14 and twice a former beaten finalist, rarely having to hit top gear.
Lloyd came close to drawing with Barnveld when they met in Wolverhampton last month, but missed doubles cost him dear.
A slipped saddle hindered his first run but he was soon off the mark at Kelso before being stepped up to Grade Two level at Kempton, where a poor round of jumping cost him dear.
Hendry missed a black off the spot in frame 10 and it cost him dear in Dublin.
THE Prime Minister's continuing refusal to apologise for the Mittal affair, which is fast becoming one of the biggest crises of his premiership, may yet cost him dear.
The Premier's masochistic streak could cost him dear.
Neil Robertson went from composing his victory speech to handing back the Welsh Open trophy after a mental lapse cost him dear at Newport last night.
However, a tardy start cost him dear and the habitual front-runner was always up against it as he finished second behind My Way De Solzen.
But his early senior career has been blighted by two incidents that have already cost him dear.