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English definition of “the devil to pay”

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