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English definition of “the devil to pay”

the devil to pay

old-fashioned
a lot of trouble, difficulty, punishment, anger, etc.: If he catches you going through his drawers there'll be the devil to pay!Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures
(Definition of the devil to pay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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