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hell to pay

Very negative or severe consequences. There will be hell to pay if you come home after curfew yet again.
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hell to pay

Great trouble, as in If we're wrong there'll be hell to pay. [c. 1800]
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there'll be hell to pay

You can say that there'll be hell to pay to warn someone that someone will be very angry if a particular thing happens or if it does not happen. If I forget Nicole's book, there'll be hell to pay. You know what she's like. Next thing she'll find out about that night in Rugby and there'll be hell to pay. Note: In British English, you can also say that there'll be merry hell to pay. `Drop that!' she snarled at Kenny. `If the girls see it, there'll be merry hell to pay!'
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ˈhell/the ˈdevil to pay

(informal) a lot of trouble: There’ll be hell to pay when your father sees that broken window.
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hell to pay

Great trouble: If we're wrong, there'll be hell to pay.
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But reinsurers want to be sure their clients have been warned: casualty CAT risks are bubbling and when they surface, there will likely be hell to pay.
And if they could've and didn't there's going to be hell to pay if she turns up in a ditch somewhere - cops reckon underworld bigwigs will pay millions to have her whacked, as the saying goes.
If Carrefour gets better access to the Indian market than Wal-Mart, there will be hell to pay," said Angela Marshall Hofmann, Wal-Mart's director of international corporate affairs.
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FIFA's bylaws forbid governmental interference in soccer affairs -- no law is above its own -- and those who transgress have hell to pay.
Yet there would have been hell to pay, even a half-century later, had the German government in 2000 celebrated the birth centenary of Heinrich Himmler, the remorseless head of the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, and the SS and one of the architects of the Holocaust.
They are not to be used until we're abroad and if I flout this rule, believe me there's hell to pay.
If an oversight such as this were to occur in the private sector there would be hell to pay.
And there also could be hell to pay in the Arab world, which is already a tinder box--in part because Bush has condoned Sharon's brutal policies in the Occupied Territories.
Some adventurous-minded student somewhere will take Miles's book as warrant for crossing the line into Christianity, believing that she can bring literary irony with her, and then there'll be hell to pay.
But states wouldn't be able to flout federal regulations largely invisible to the press and the public; if they refused to give high-profile national tests, there'd be hell to pay in the court of public opinion.
And they'd better be right, or there will be hell to pay.
When the idealistic young democrat ignores his avaricious handlers--sharing his wealth with thousands of down-and-out farmers--there's all sorts of hell to pay.
I certainly date people who have the same values and ethics I do," Lesser says, "but if our funders ever thought we were running a dating service, there would be hell to pay.
If our garbage got mixed up with their garbage, or we accidentally put their garbage in a trash can, there was hell to pay.