cost (one) dear

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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 emperor was already descended from the tower, and advancing on horse-back towards me, which had like to have cost him dear; for the beast, though very well trained, yet wholly unused to such a sight, which appeared as if a mountain moved before him, reared up on its hinder feet: but that prince, who is an excellent horseman, kept his seat, till his attendants ran in, and held the bridle, while his majesty had time to dismount.
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.
That decision cost him dear. But who would you rather be facing?
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).
If the rubbish that Graham Smith spouted in yesterday's Chatroom about the jockeys' championship was weighed by our council, it would cost him dear!
Lloyd came close to drawing with Barnveld when they met in Wolverhampton last month, but missed doubles cost him dear. Priestley is the oldest man in the competition at the age of 56 but, despite almost quitting the sport a few years ago, has proved how ageless darts can be, and he will be looking to further that point by defeating the 13-time world champion here.
But his early senior career has been blighted by two incidents that have already 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.
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.
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