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Meaning of “the devil to pay” in the English Dictionary

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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!
(Definition of the devil to pay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the devil to pay”
in Chinese (Simplified) (会带来)严重后果、困难、惩罚、烦恼等…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴重後果、困難、懲罰、別人的憤怒等…
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