suffer the consequences


: to be punished for what one has done
He broke the law, so he has to suffer the consequences.

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Recent Examples on the Web Students and teachers, meanwhile, suffer the consequences of overzealous filtering. Tara García Mathewson, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, Boeing’s customers continue to suffer the consequences. Alan Murray, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2024 Treasury officials have repeatedly accused Hamas’s top leadership of enjoying lavish lifestyles outside of Gaza while average Palestinians suffer the consequences of the militant group’s actions. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 As politicians worry over how their policy decisions affect their re-election chances, the private sector can step up and do something about immigration policy–or also suffer the consequences. Semyon Dukach, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2023 Rather than indulge this charade, the White House and Congress should issue an ultimatum to Qatar: Shut down all support for Hamas and deliver the hostages, or suffer the consequences. Richard Goldberg, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2023 Israel has threatened that if Hezbollah opens a new front, all of Lebanon will suffer the consequences. Abby Sewell and Kareem Chehayeb The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2023 Still, that doesn’t mean Singapore won’t suffer the consequences of a warming world just as much. Heather Chen, CNN, 9 June 2023 Reducing consumption today reduces the number of people elsewhere who will suffer the consequences tomorrow and can prevent much of the instability that would otherwise result. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 6 June 2023

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