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pay the piper

Definition of pay the piper


  1. 1 :  to pay the cost of something <We have to do what they say because they're the ones who are paying the piper.>

  2. 2 chiefly US :  to pay money or suffer in some way because of something one has done <They have mismanaged the company for years, and now they have to pay the piper.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered

    :  to engage for money :  hire

    :  to give in return for goods or service

  1. :  something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage :  remuneration

    :  the act or fact of paying or being paid

    :  the status of being paid by an employer :  employ

  1. :  containing or leading to something precious or valuable

    :  equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use

    :  requiring payment

  1. :  to coat with a waterproof composition

  1. :  one that plays on a pipe

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