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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Ah, gentlemen of the Reform, this shall cost you dear!"
Andrew Hagger from Moneycomms.co.uk says: "Paying the minimum on credit card balances will cost you dear. Those on cards charging 18.9 per cent or more should try switching to a zero per cent balance transfer card or a low rate card."
Andrew Hagger from Moneycomms.co.uk says: "Paying the minimum on credit card balances will cost you dear. Those on cards charging 18.9% or more should try switching to a 0% balance transfer card or a low rate card such as Everyday Plus from MBNA at 7.4%."
Carelessness may cost you dear on the academic front, so be thorough in whatever you do.
All of which means buying your next motor without service history could cost you dear.
Anne also looks at the dangers of putting your property in self-storage units, and the best-selling computer game that could cost you dear.
But these could cost you dear in the long run, warn investment managers Baillie Gifford.
Particularly as seeking medical help abroad could cost you dear if you are not adequately covered.
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