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for (one's) sins

As a punishment or disciplinary action for one's wrongdoing. Primarily heard in UK. Let me guess—I have to clean the toilets for my sins.
See also: sin

for my sins

As a punishment for one's wrongs. Often used humorously. In confession, the priest urged me to do some good deeds for my sins. I must have been tasked with this boring project for my sins.
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for your sins

used to suggest that a task or duty is so onerous or unpleasant that it must be a punishment. chiefly British
1994 John Birmingham He Died With Felafel In His Hand Then the extended family that is Brisbane sent some people along to keep me company, and for my sins, I took them in.
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(do/be something) for your sins

(spoken, humorous, especially British English) be/do something as a punishment: ‘I hear you’re going to be the new manager.’ ‘Yes, for my sins.’
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for my sins

As a punishment for wrongdoing, used in a jocular way. This usage dates from about 1800. For example, “For my sins we’ve bought a vacation house in Spain.”
See also: sin
References in classic literature ?
One pays for one's sin, and then one pays again, and all one's life one pays.
India, April 1 -- Almost all religions enjoin their followers to resort to some kind of penance in the form of abstinence, fasting and even self inflicted pain as expiation for one's sins. Some religions have prescribed certain periods like Advent and Lent for Christians, Ramzan for Muslims and Ekadasi for Hindus and Jains.
The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and penance.
The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity said it is also important to really be sorry for one's sins when undergoing confession.
And he interpreted the rite of washing he was doing to the people at the river as merely a water ablution symbolic of repentance for one's sins. It was his and the people's joint effort to make ready the way of the Lord.
It's supposed to be a way of doing penance, to atone for one's sins.
The ascent of Arafat is the first event associated with the hajj, a time to seek forgiveness for one's sins and for meditation on the faith.
VATICAN CITY * Purgatory is like a purifying fire burning inside a person, a painful experience of regret for one's sins, Pope Benedict XVI said.
"What if," the film asks, "there is a way to atone for one's sins with suicide?" What if this act can do good?
The word shrove is a past tense of the English verb "shrive" which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by confessing and doing penance.
During these days of worship, one can honestly expect many benefits such as the opportunity to correct one's faults, to sincerely atone for one's sins and make up for any shortcomings or wrongdoings of the past.
The suffering of death atones for one's sins, but the loss of dear ones also serves as punishment for the mourner.
As John Ciardi says of it in his Browser's Dictionary, the devil to pay means "There will be a hard time coming, but not, as often supposed, in the sense of standing before the devil's bar to atone for one's sins. The original expression was the devil to pay and no pitch hot." On early sailing vessels, the word devil was used to identify certain seams in the hull, e.g., the keel seam; the word pay comes on board from Old French payer, which meant "to apply pitch."
As the Catholic Church continues to encourage the faithful to avail of the Sacrament of Penance by going to confession, the Holy Father Pope Francis stressed that the confessional is "a place to find forgiveness and not condemnation" for one's sins.
The necessity of giving reparation for one's sins is an ancient part of Christian spirituality.