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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.
See also: sin

(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.’
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.
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.
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.
Abba Poemen avouches the connection that is to be found between penthos or compunction of the heart, weeping for one's sins, and the dependence on God's mercy in two of his comments on the episode in the Gospels that talks about Christ and the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15; Mark 7).
These qualities determine the pious Poemen to add his own comment on this episode on practicing penthos, telling in his own words what he already knew from his personal experience; his point of view is that if all the monks had been devoted to practicing penthos, crying and weeping for one's sins, as intensely as the Canaanite woman had been dedicated to finding healing for her daughter, they would have experienced, as she did, "a profound serenity.
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?
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.
A time to atone for one's sins and contemplate the meaning of ethics, morality, values, personal responsibility, family and community.
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 necessity of giving reparation for one's sins is an ancient part of Christian spirituality.