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 two central defenders did exceptionally well but in the end a lack of concentration cost us dearly.
Jacob added: "In Nepal, the unwarranted economic blockade over a year ago has cost us dearly.
With climate change and every charity and school in Britain fighting for more funding, it is surely time to have a zero tolerance of lawless drivers - they cost us dearly.
Silly mistakes and penalties have cost us dearly but we still have everything to play for and I would urge everyone to come down and support the Giants.
East Fife assistant boss Dougie Anderson said: "Yet again individual errors have cost us dearly.
James cost us dearly - there's no getting away from it.
We had something like 22 shots and if there's any criticism we've probably only had three or four on target and that is what cost us dearly.
Differdange started quite brightly, but three of our defenders were caught in possession of the ball and it cost us dearly.
There was a lack of concentration and it's cost us dearly.
The poor governance of Gilani and the mishandling of the energy crisis by Ashraf cost us dearly in the May 11 polls," a PPP candidate, who lost in central Punjab, told PTI.
It was a crazy challenge and it's cost us dearly because we lost him for most of that game and for the next three matches.
As long as companies are in monopoly positions, it will always cost us dearly.
A lesson learned from the "problem" of the Irish is that the concrete and steel for raising walls to save ourselves will cost us dearly, especially the construction of walls in our heads.
The mood in the dressing room is great right now and we need to keep that feeling and get rid of these lapses that have cost us dearly this season.
Jackman said: "The Italians are very strong there, and while the scrum was a huge part of our win last week, likewise if we don't have a good scrum it could cost us dearly.