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Thread: idiom or not?

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    idiom or not?

    Is this an English idiom (or is my German interfering)?

    to get the bill later -> having to deal with the consequences of one's actions later

    Cheers from Switzerland


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    Re: idiom or not?

    Two phrases that come to mind are "to pay a price" and "to pay a stiff price." Both expressions mean that there is trouble ahead if certain measures aren't taken or sacrifices made now. They may also mean that one will face severe consequences for a present action or attitude. Money is not necessarily involved, but it may be.

    Jim will pay a price someday for his failure to maintain his brakes properly.

    You will pay a stiff price for your arrogance.


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    Re: idiom or not?

    I'm not familar with that as an idiom in English, but we do have "sooner or later, you'll have to pay the piper."

    That's the same meaning, I think.

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