cost (someone) dearly/dear


: to cause (someone) to lose something or to suffer a lot
Changing your mind now could cost you dearly.

Examples of cost (someone) dearly/dear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chiefs still had issues Sunday night — Mecole Hardman fumbled a ball out of the end zone for a late touchback, which could have cost dearly. Dave Skretta, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 Resource constraints: Capital, skilled labor, and credibility in supplier and customer networks are just some commodities that are either lacking or cost dearly in the early stages of a new business. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 And without second-chance opportunities, their cold shooting down the stretch cost dearly. Dave Skretta, ajc, 19 Mar. 2021 Key sequence: Pinson Valley played inspired defense as Clay-Chalkville had not scored less than 42 points in a game this season, but the offense’s inability to move the ball consistently cost dearly. Cameron Buford |, al, 10 Sep. 2022 The wrong decision can cost dearly, and not just financially. John Morris, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The penalty on Tavon Young late in the game almost cost dearly. Mike Preston,, 12 Oct. 2021 One family might prefer cheap insurance with less coverage, knowing full well that an emergency room visit will cost dearly. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 But, as Canberra will learn, not responding soon enough will cost dearly. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 29 Oct. 2020

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“Cost (someone) dearly/dear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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