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English definition of “there'll be hell to pay”

there'll be hell to pay

informal
something you say which means someone will be very angry if something happens : There'll be hell to pay if she doesn't get the money in time .Chastising and rebuking
(Definition of there'll be hell to pay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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