cost (someone) dearly

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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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The League champions are hot favourites to advance to their first Connacht final for four years, but indiscipline has cost them dearly in recent seasons in big matches.
The third match between HEC and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was a thrilling affair in which Khyber Pakhtunkhwa demonstrated excellent stamina but lack of experience cost them dearly as HEC won 25-22, 25-21, 25- 21.
The third match between HEC and Khyber PakhtAunkhwa was a thrilling affair in which Khyber PakhtAunkhwa demonstrated excellent stamina but lack of experience cost them dearly as HEC won 25-22, 25-21, 25-21.
Slobodanka Jovanovska in Nezavisen vesnik comments that what happened at the referendum resembles "the day after" in the UK, when all those who did not want to understand the importance of the referendum, realized that they had made a decision that will worsen their lives and more importantly--it will cost them dearly. That this is so, shows the general crisis we are in, and above all, the morale and the trust that is prevalent in the country these days, which is the result of the decisions to capitulate on the most important question-battle against criminals, abuse of power and corruption, says the author.
Akbar FC could have reduced the deficit, as they had a golden opportunities especially in the 49th minute, but Rana missed a simple chance, which cost them dearly. Talha scored the third to make it 3-0.
The report, '3-year-old nearly dies after being trapped in car for 4 hours in UAE' (KT, June 19) reiterates that people's carelessness could cost them dearly. Despite repeated warnings to safeguard their children when they are out, such instances keep happening becoming cause for concern.
The performance in Cape Town raises questions on the casual approach by Shujaa in some matches that have cost them dearly especially against France in the Pool stages and Samoa.
The wet weather has cost them dearly, but the bills have to be paid whether they play or not.
Del Bosque, who guided Spain to 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 glory, was disappointed to lose a game he believed his side dominated and felt their sluggish start cost them dearly.
He received another huge break when an inside edge went to pad but unlike the fieldsman, the umpire missed it and India's refusal to entertain the Decision Review System cost them dearly," he further wrote.
He added: "I hope that prosecutions such as this show the very small minority that failing to take their environmental responsibilities seriously could cost them dearly."
0 AIRBUS chalked up a comfortable 3-0 victory over shot-shy Caersws who had just the one effort on target all afternoon - their lack of goals has continued to cost them dearly.
With four overs remaining West Indies required 37 with three wickets in hand but a wicket and only two off the over cost them dearly and even Chanderpaul's heroics could not recover the situation as Umar Gul claimed two crucial late wickets.
The hosts had sufficient chances to wrap up the match, but the brilliance of Harvey and clear-cut missed opportunities by Mark Pritchard (twice) and Chris Holloway cost them dearly.
But the Romanians' indiscipline cost them dearly in the final half-hour as a series of penalties from Ramiro Pez proved the difference between the sides.