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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No one has ever seen anything like it; but the sight may cost us dear. And, if I must say all, I think we are seeing here things which God never intended man to see."
WHAT IRON FANS HAVE BEEN SAYING: Gareth Holden: "If that is our near starting 11 for next week, help!!" Daz Reevell: "The depth of the squad is something of a concern to me Complacency and injuries could cost us dear in the coming season!" Peter Deverson: "To say we've sold our two best defenders and three certain starters in midfield and the keeper is injured, it's not all bad.
Tyne and Wear Once industry on the Tyne and Wear had little to fear Margret Thatcher did the damage which cost us dear Great shipyards closed and now history To we elders is no mystery Ships engines for the world we once mass produced It's a shame to what we are now reduced Parsons built and deliver turbines world wide Built in Walkergate with great precision and pride Vicars supplied the nation's tanks And the Geordie public supplied the ranks The North East once had many shipyards and coal mines Now we rely on Nissan and its assembly lines The Tyne today is on the mend Despite thatcher's best efforts to destroy and endGeorge McLanders
Talking about staying in the common market or keeping the social chapter simply undermines our negotiators and gives the EU the whip hand, it would cost us dear. Free trade with the EU is a different matter altogether and that should be achievable as in their interests as least as much as ours.
But, yesterday, Philip Hammond made it equally clear that it is going to cost us dear. He cited official estimates from the Office for Budget Responsibility that forecast billions of pounds are to be wiped off our national income in the next five years.
Spiders boss Gus MacPherson said: "Individual mistakes have cost us dear. But that's the toughest opposition we've played in our preparation for the season."
"We had a bad month round about January/ February time and that cost us dear.
They must be given every support and encouragement to keep on the straight and narrow, for it serves society ill if they stray back into lives of crime and imprisonment, both of which cost us dear.
I agree with John that the destruction of Cleveland County was divisive for our area and cost us dear in terms of cohesive political representation.
Our bowlers also gave away too many runs at the start which cost us dear.
The hare- brained merger between Air India and Indian continues to cost us dear
"Tactical changes have cost us dear. Against Arsenal Mancini took off a creative player in Nasri for Kolarov, whose only real strength is long shots.
They have cost us dear. Our Gross Domestic Product is 29% lower than it may have been expected to have been under the government of an independent Welsh state.
ONCE again Blues' lack of goals will cost us dear in the Premiership.
James Clappison, a Conservative member of the House of Commons' European scrutiny committee, said: "The Government failed to stand up for our interests and we have now got a very bad deal that will cost us dear in hard times."