the devil to pay

Definition of the devil to pay

  1. —used to say that if a specific thing happens, something else that is very bad will be the result or someone will get very upset There'll be the devil to pay if we don't finish on time.

Word by Word Definitions

devilplay
  1. :  an evil spirit :  demon

    :  an extremely wicked person :  fiend

    :  a great evil

  1. :  to season highly

    :  tease, annoy

  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


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