To pay the piper


Also found in: Idioms.
Related to To pay the piper: pied piper
to bear the cost, expense, or trouble.
to bear the cost, expense, or trouble.

See also: Pay, Piper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
``Nor I either, uncle,'' said Wamba; ``I greatly fear we shall have to pay the piper.''
"The Common Market is often described in high moral terms but it begins to look curiously like a rich man's club in which Germany and France will can the tune, while we in Scotland will only be helping to pay the piper."
"We think this is a transformation in the making, but we need to pay the piper," Culp said at a JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Whatever you think of the various pricing mechanisms, it's clear that someone somewhere has to pay the piper. It could be libraries, taxpayers, researchers, employers, or funding agencies.
"That was the hottest part of the day and we always say that if you make errors then you have to pay the piper and we paid in a big way towards the end of the game."
It's time to pay the piper after years of dancing at the table of excess.
We've been dancing since around Halloween and now it's time to pay the piper. The diet piper that is.
But the problems start when the duplicitous mayor (Carlo Ioannou, resplendent in appropriately villainous blue velvet) refuses to pay the Piper. At which point our protagonist exacts revenge, stealing the town's 'greatest treasure'…
Asking new homeowners to pay for these upgrades, exclusively, is simply a way of masking the fact that rates have been kept artificially low--a move often meant to appease rate payers and voters--while the folks that have to pay the piper (new homeowners) become a punished class.
"Yes, I know we will have to pay the piper," he concluded, "but we really needed all of it done."
The holidays are now over and it's time to pay the piper ...
The pair were also secret ly recorded that month when McDonald said: "He's got to pay the Piper boy and the Piper's not a happy man."