the deuce to pay

there will be the deuce to pay

There will be a huge amount of trouble (if a particular thing does/does not happen or is/is not done). There'll be the deuce to pay if they catch us sneaking out this late at night! If you don't have that report finished by lunch, there will be the deuce to pay!
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the deuce to pay

trouble to be expected.
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References in classic literature ?
I think it most probable-- though of course it's only an opinion--that you'll all have the deuce to pay before you get that malaria out of your systems.
But there will be the deuce to pay when he discovers his loss.
My brewer has found out already how we served him, and there is the deuce to pay.