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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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pay too dearly for (one's) whistle

To spend a lot of money or effort on something that is ultimately disappointing or unfulfilling. The phrase refers to a story by Benjamin Franklin about a boy who wanted a whistle so much that he overpaid for it and soon lost interest in it. I worked night and day to get this position, but now I have very few friends—I guess I paid too dearly for my whistle.
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dear(ly) departed

euphemism One who has died. Myrna was a wonderful woman, and we are all gathered here today to remember our dearly departed.
See also: departed
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Don, dearly beloved husband of the late Norma, much loved dad of Colin and Keith, much loved father in law of Zoe and Lynne, a much loved granda Don of Thomas, Sarah-Jane, Catherine, Louise, Alexander, Abigail, Arran, Joel and Chloe and great granda Don of Alistair and Mason, dearly loved brother of Eva, dearly loved brother in law of Valerie and Den also dearly loved uncle and friend.
Dearly loved Brother of Margaret, Paul, Denise, Pamela, Pauline and the Late Raymond and Sandra, also a loving Brother-in-law and Uncle.
Peacefully in hospital on 27th October 2016 aged 81 years Margaret, dearly loved wife of Alan and much loved mam of the late David Jeffrey.
WILLIAMS Dennis John Suddenly at his home on Jan 1, Dennis, of Clive Rd, Barry Island; dearly beloved husband of Pat, much loved Dad of Carol and Nicky, father-in-law of Keri, adored Gramps of Hannah, Chloe, Cariad and Lauren.
Beloved Wife of the late John, dearly loved Mum of Janice and Heather, mum in law of Peter, loving Grandma of Claire, Martin, Adam and Lucy, Great Grandma of Lillie, Luke and Billie, dear Sister of Doreen, Sister in law of Derek and a very good friend to many.
CURRY Beverley Dawn Suddenly on Nov 13, whilst on holiday in Tunisia, Bev of Heol Las, Pencoed; dearly loved partner of Neil, much loved mother of Kylie and Sam, loving Nanny to Demi, Ceigan, Theo, Mason, Brennan, Kayden and Annayah, dearly loved daughter of Gwyn and Carol, devoted sister to Jayne, Kelvin and the late Steven.
Dearly loved and greatly missed by Sandra, Trev and all of his family and friends.
The relatives, who were not named, said he was "too dearly loved to be forgotten" and "died doing the job he loved".
A gift of pounds 20 comes 'in memory of our lovely mom, Hilda Stanley, May 9, 1982 from Pat, Gerrard, Sandra and David' and another pounds 20 comes from Lily Bullock 'in fondest memory of a dearly loved and much missed husband Albert.
DEARLY followed up two good efforts in similar company this season when taking the Victor McCalmont Memorial Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park last night, writes Tony O'Hehir.
Diane, beloved wife of Philip, dearly loved mother of Mark, Victoria and James, loving grandma to Lucy, Theo, Ben, George and Emily, a much loved sister of Patricia, Beryl, Moira, Sarah and the late Anne.
Dearly loved husband of Joyce, loving dad of Lance, Kenneth, Tracy and Stephen, a very dear father in law, a beloved brother, brother in law and uncle and also a devoted and very special grandad and great grandad who shall be deeply and sorely missed.
Bruce, loving husband of the late Dulcie, much loved dad of Raymond, Susan, Barbara and the late Vivian and Pamela, dearly loved grandad and greatgrandad, will be sadly missed by all who knew him.