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suffer the consequences

To experience negative repercussions for one's actions or words, especially those that one would expect to incur punishment. I told you not to try to sneak in, and now that you've been caught, you're just going to have to suffer the consequences. If we do nothing to curb this pollution, I guarantee we will suffer the consequences in the future.
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not suffer fools (gladly)

To refuse to deal with or tolerate ignorant people or behavior. My father was a shrewd, well respected businessman who didn't suffer fools gladly. You'll learn not to suffer fools when you've been in this job for a few weeks.
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suffer from (something)

1. To be afflicted by some ailment or injury. My father suffered from depression all his life. The poor child suffers from terrible eczema on her arms and legs.
2. To be forced to endure some negative condition or status. This area suffers from frequent droughts. The country has been suffering from a severe economic depression since leaving the customs union three years ago.
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suffer a setback

To experience or encounter some kind of minor delay, obstacle, impasse, or failure. The project suffered a setback when we realized the manufacturer had stopped producing the part we needed. After suffering a couple of setbacks early on, the company has finally started making consistent profits and growth.
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suffer an attack of (some illness)

To be stricken by a sudden or acute onset of some kind of illness or its symptoms. I went to bed early last night after suffering a severe attack of indigestion. He suffered an asthma attack halfway through the hike.
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suffer under (one)

To be forced to live or cope with the oppression of some brutal or repellent figure of authority. We suffered under the dictatorship for nearly 40 years, before the revolution brought democracy to our country. If we have to suffer under another pig-headed general manager like Tom, I swear I'll hand in my two weeks' notice.
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suffer a setback

to have a minor or temporary failure. We suffered a setback when much of our vineyard was damaged by a fungus.
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suffer an attack

 (of an illness)
1. Go to an attack (of an illness).
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suffer from something

to endure or experience unpleasantness, a disease, or a health condition. Jeff is suffering from the flu. I'm afraid that you must suffer from the disease until it has run its course. Toby is really suffering from the cold.
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suffer under someone

to endure the punishments or bad treatment of someone. The citizens suffered badly under the rule of the cruel king. We suffered under Carlos and we will suffer under his successor.
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not suffer fools gladly

Refuse to tolerate stupidity, as in Chris can be intimidating at these meetings; she does not suffer fools gladly. This expression comes from the New Testament (II Corinthians 11:19), where Paul sarcastically says, "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise." [c. 1600]
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not suffer fools gladly

If you do not suffer fools gladly, you are not patient with people who you think are stupid. She doesn't suffer fools gladly and, in her view, most people are fools.
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not suffer fools gladly

be impatient or intolerant towards people you regard as unwise or unintelligent.
This expression refers to 2 Corinthians 11:19: ‘For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise’.
2001 Daily Telegraph Such was her expertise as a Victorianist that her advice was widely sought, though she did not suffer fools gladly.
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not suffer fools ˈgladly

not be patient or polite with people who are less intelligent than you: He says what he thinks and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Some people consider him a bit arrogant.
Suffer here means ‘accept somebody annoying or unpleasant without complaining’.
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suffer from

v.
To be sick with or afflicted by some condition: I suffer from many different allergies. The country is suffering from a drought.
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suffer fools gladly, does not

Refuses to put up with stupidity. This rather flip rejection of those one considers stupid comes from the King James translation of the Bible, “For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise” (2 Corinthians 11:19). This statement, of course, is a sarcasm; Paul actually is saying that those who put up with fools (in this instance, braggarts) are themselves fools. Today the term is always used in the negative.
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Suffer me to go." Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>
Last July an expert panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed that people with cancer still suffer needlessly from pain.
In fact, however, all of us are going to die, and most of us will suffer one or more bouts of serious illness before we do.
"People can self-diagnose their problems incorrectly and not realize that they suffer from something that would benefit from other kinds of therapy rather than from a pill," says Bradwejn.
Susan Redline of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland notes that the Harvard study is the first to look at the association between estrogen and asthma by monitoring a group of initially healthy women and comparing differences between those who subsequently suffer asthma and those who do not.
Demichelis's head struck the windshield, and he suffered brain damage.
He chooses to do so not because he seeks to suffer or because God wills his death, but as the means to life for God's people.
Vividly He feels in His naked spirit all that He must suffer; every single sin He must expiate with each single pain, and, He is crushed because He has given over His humanity as a prey to weakness, terror, fear.
Our bodies might suffer maladies, we might suffer pain, our zest for life might be lost, our relationships shattered, our projects failures, our suffering real, and yet we can think of it as for the ultimate good.
Matchar and his colleagues on the federal stroke prevention study examined records from eight centers across the country and found that "for every one person who suffers a serious bleeding complication, warfarin prevents 20 strokes and deaths," says Matchar.
Jesus explained to the two disciples the role of the Messiah as one who suffers and then enters his glory by turning to Moses and all the prophets.
Wrong perception is thinking that you are the only one who suffers. You think other people only make you suffer; they don't suffer at all.
Roughly one in every 200 people in the United States suffers from a type of rapid heartbeat known as paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), in which more than one electrical circuit connects the heart's upper and lower chambers.
The roots of the word compassion--suffering with another--suggest the contrary: it appears possible truly to know that another suffers, that the compassionate observer correctly reads the behavior of the sufferer.