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English definition of “pay the price”

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pay the price

C2 to experience the bad result of something you have done: If you abuse your body now, you'll pay the price when you're older.
Translations of “pay the price”
in Chinese (Traditional) 吃苦頭,付出代價…
in Chinese (Simplified) 吃苦头,付出代价…
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