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