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English definition of “pay for sth”

pay for sth

phrasal verb with pay     /peɪ/ verb (paid, paid)
C2 to be punished for doing something bad to someone else, or to suffer because of a mistake that you made: We all pay for our mistakes in some way at some time. He tricked me and I'm going to make him pay for it!Experiencing and suffering
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