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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.
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.
In ice hockey, the area that a penalized player must stay in for the duration of the penalty. How are we going to tie this game with our best player in the penalty box?
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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