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Idioms

pay the price

This page is about the idiom pay the price

Meaning

You pay the price for doing something when you experience the unpleasant results of doing it.

For example

  • You mightn't feel the effects of smoking cigarettes while you're young, but you'll definitely pay the price when you're older.

  • Martin thinks that growing up means knowing that you have to pay the price for doing certain things, and then making good choices based on that knowledge.

Quick Quiz

I've got a bad headache this morning. I guess I'm paying the price for

a. drinking too much alcohol last night

b. some aspirins I bought last night

c. the hotel we stayed in last night

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Contributor: Matt Errey