cost (someone) dearly/dear

idiom

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

Dictionary Entries Near cost (someone) dearly/dear

cost sheet

cost (someone) dearly/dear

cost system

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“Cost (someone) dearly/dear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cost%20%28someone%29%20dearly%2Fdear. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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