pay the penalty


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pay the penalty

To experience the consequences of one's actions or misdeeds. If you get caught cheating on your exam, you'll have to pay the penalty—which could include expulsion. I sure paid the penalty for staying up late when I fell asleep at my desk in the library.
See also: pay, penalty

pay the penalty

 
1. Lit. to pay a fine for doing something wrong. You ran the red light and now you will have to pay the penalty.
2. Fig. to suffer the consequences for doing something wrong. My head really hurts. I am paying the penalty for getting drunk last night.
See also: pay, penalty

pay the ˈprice/ˈpenalty (for something/for doing something)

suffer as a result of bad luck, a mistake or something you have done: They’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past and now they’re paying the price.I’m really paying the penalty for all those late nights. I feel terrible today.
See also: pay, penalty, price
References in classic literature ?
I have kept you locked up," said the Sultan, "so that in case my son was lost, your life should pay the penalty.
HYDERABAD -- Sindh High Court has ordered the jail authorities to deport the Indian prisoner who has completed his sentence but is serving an extended term in the prison because he did not pay the penalty.
Because if they punish you for illegal use of the Albanian language, you will pay the penalty yourself, neither Ali Ahmeti, Zijadin Sela, etc.
Because many of these farmers do not have sterling credit profiles, many banks opt to pay the penalty than face risks of loan defaults.
Presstek) agreed to pay the penalty and to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
In a consent order, the company agreed to maintain compliance with applicable regulations and pay the penalty.
Outside court, he stressed that he would pay the penalty from his own savings without using his council salary.
The proposed rules are aimed at ensuring that only a "limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage" will have to pay the penalty, according to an HHS fact sheet.
situations, employers (at least the large companies subject to the rule) will likely find it far cheaper to simply pay the penalty, rather than to subsidize the amount of health insurance premiums for employees.
But FairPoint said that if it does have to pay the penalty it would rather do it all up front.
Supercon agreed in a consent order to comply with all applicable regulations, install previously approved air pollution control equipment and pay the penalty, the department reported.
The company will pay the penalty and install additional "landfill gas management capacity, improve the existing landfill gas collection system, and perform additional air monitoring at and around the site," the state said.
Jewell and two other JMFH partners made equal contributions to JMFH out of their personal funds so it could pay the penalty required under the closing agreement.
RUTHLESS Shrewsbury made Andy Cooke pay the penalty as the striker was denied a hat-trick.