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(Games, other than specified) (functioning as singular) Brit a game in which each player writes down a part of a story, folds over the paper, and passes it on to another player who continues the story. After several stages, the resulting (nonsensical) stories are read out



the devil to pay See PUNISHMENT.

domino theory The belief that if one of a cluster of small, neighboring countries is taken over by communism or some other political system the others will soon follow suit; the phenomenon of political chain reaction. This theory takes its name from the chain-reaction effect created when one in a line of standing dominoes topples, bringing the rest down, one after the other. The concept arose during the 1950s and was popular during the 60s as the expression most representative of the basis for American involvement in Southeast Asia at that time.

he that lieth with dogs riseth with fleas A person is known by the company he keeps; associate with riffraff and you’ll soon be one of them. This well-known proverb appeared as early as 1640 in George Herbert’s Jacula Prudentum.

pay the piper To bear the consequences of one’s actions or decisions; to pay the cost of some undertaking; to foot the bill. This expression probably alludes to the 13th-century legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin in which the piper, upon being refused the payment promised for ridding the town of rats, played his pipe again; this time, however, it was the children who were led out of town to their deaths. Thus, the residents suffered the consequences of their decision, having “paid the piper” with their children’s lives. One source suggests that the derivation may be more literal, that is, it was customary to pay a piper or other street musician for the entertainment he supplied.

After all this dance he has led the nation, he must at last come to pay the piper himself. (Thomas Flatman, Heraclitis Ridens, 1681)

A common variation is pay the fiddler.

sow the wind and reap the whirlwind A proverb implying that if a person acts in a self-indulgent, hedonistic, or dissolute manner, he will have to suffer the calamitous consequences. This adage is Biblical in origin, appearing in Hosea 8:7 as a warning to the Israelites to emend their iniquitous ways. Sow the wind implies senseless or unproductive activity, while whirlwind alludes to a violent and destructive force, the fate of one who “sows the wind.”

stew in one’s own juice To suffer the unhappy consequences of one’s own unfortunate actions, to reap what one has sown; also to fry in one’s own grease. According to the OED, to fry in one’s own grease dates from the 14th century when it was applied to persons burned at the stake. The phrase appeared in the prologue to The Wife of Bath’s Tale by Chaucer:

In his own grease I made him fry, For anger, and for very jealousy.

To stew in one’s own juice, although the most popular form of the expression today, did not appear until approximately 300 years later. The equivalent French phrase is cuire dans son jus ‘to cook in one’s juice.’



n., pl. consecuencias, secuelas.
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Antonia's success at the tent had its consequences.
She answered her husband with friendly evasiveness, --not with any fixed design to mislead him, only because all sense of reality had gone out of her life; she had abandoned herself to Fate, and awaited the consequences with indifference.
You are at the foot of Glenn's," returned the other, speaking aloud, without fear of consequences within the roar of the cataract; "and the next thing is to make a steady landing, lest the canoe upset, and you should go down again the hard road we have traveled faster than you came up; 'tis a hard rift to stem, when the river is a little swelled; and five is an unnatural number to keep dry, in a hurry-skurry, with a little birchen bark and gum.
Then--as if the only barrier betwixt herself and the world had been thrown down, and a flood of evil consequences would come tumbling through the gap--she fled into the inner parlor, threw herself into the ancestral elbow-chair, and wept.
So deep a stain, indeed, that his dry old bones, in the Charter-street burial-ground, must still retain it, if they have not crumbled utterly to dust I know not whether these ancestors of mine bethought themselves to repent, and ask pardon of Heaven for their cruelties; or whether they are now groaning under the heavy consequences of them in another state of being.
From even the barely hinted imputation of usurpation, and the possible consequences of such a suppressed impression gaining ground, Ahab must of course have been most anxious to protect himself.
Queequeg patted their foreheads; Starbuck scratched their backs with his lance; but fearful of the consequences, for the time refrained from darting it.
One of the consequences of all these things was that Jurgis was no longer perplexed when he heard men talk of fighting for their rights.
Shelby was determined that everything should be brought into tangible and recognizable shape, let the consequences to her prove what they might.
When I converse with the freest of my neighbors, I perceive that, whatever they may say about the magnitude and seriousness of the question, and their regard for the public tranquillity, the long and the short of the matter is, that they cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences to their property and families of disobedience to it.
The priests opposed both my fire and life in- surance, on the ground that it was an insolent attempt to hinder the decrees of God; and if you pointed out that they did not hinder the decrees in the least, but only modified the hard consequences of them if you took out policies and had luck, they retorted that that was gambling against the decrees of God, and was just as bad.
I acted for myself, and I can stand the consequences.