pay the penalty for (something)

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pay the penalty for (something)

Literally, to pay money for something that incurs a cost. You're going to have to pay the penalty for the vase that your son broke. We didn't have to pay the penalty for the water we used at our previous residence, so we were shocked when our first water bill came in the mail after moving to this country.
See also: pay, penalty
References in classic literature ?
I will not punish you; but the real evil-doer shall pay the penalty for both.
Those who could fled, until at last there were no more to pay the penalty for a deed, which, while not beyond them, they were, nevertheless, not guilty of.
During the House of Representatives transportation committee's hearing on Wednesday, the budget carrier president said he acknowledged that they need to pay the penalty for their role in the fiasco, but said his legal team is studying the amount imposed by government.
A crowd approaching 200 saw Gateshead again pay the penalty for conceding a late goal as Guiseley ran out winners at the International Stadium.
Bergkamp says: "At the time of the Bruce Rioch sacking I did not agree that he had to pay the penalty for the fact that we were not producing success.