hell to pay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hell to pay dire consequences "when the pig ran away there was hell to pay"
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Usage

In literature:

Merry hell is to pay all up and down that river, Mern.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
It was hell to pay from daylight till dark.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
I knew that now there shore was hell to pay!
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
Well, sir, we all know'd there'd be hell to pay for you if the two Big Bosses come and see that.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
And if he even suspected I was here, there'd be hell to pay.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
She'd have showed it some way, an' then there'd have been hell to pay.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
What the hell do you mean by asking me would it pay me to travel straight I dunno.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
There'll be hell to pay.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
There'll be hell to pay if Corrigan finds out we haven't been watching your stuff.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Carlin's got them all riled up and there's hell to pay.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
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In poetry:

Thrice I sinned—oh I the heavens' joyance!
Breasts angelic shook wi' the joke;
Once did good—oh ! earth's annoyance I
Hell to pay and the bank gone broke I
""You Never Can Tell"" by George Sterling
"And pleasant is the fairy land,
But, an eerie tale to tell,
Ay at the end of seven years
We pay a tiend to hell;
I am sae fair and fu' o flesh
I'm feared it be mysel.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
"And pleasant is the fairy land,
But, an eerie tale to tell,
Ay at the end of seven years,
We pay a tiend to hell,
I am sae fair and fu o flesh,
I'm feard it be mysel.
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
Now, like Zacchëus, thou may'st make amends
For all th' oppressive acts which thou hast done;
But it no longer on thyself depends,
To pay a mite — when thou to hell art thrown.
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard
For close on half a minute I expected Hell to pay;
But Murray glares around the mill - then turns an' walks away.
He stops beside the loaded truck; an' each man in the mill
Watched Murray with a sidelong look; an' each man wished him ill.
"Murray's Ride" by C J Dennis

In news:

There were really awesome TV shows in the 80?s to pay homage to….Knight Rider, Airwolf, Hell….even The A-Team but no sir, not good enough for you….You went with The Golden Girls.
Hell to pay News Archive.
Says ' Hell to Pay ' With Attack.
Swept away — and there's hell to pay .
Arts and Culture Swept away — and there's hell to pay .
It'll be hell to pay when the bills come due.
It shouldn't be hell to pay .
High Water, and Hell to Pay .
The whole point of having seven Deadly Sins -- the number was only settled on in the middle of the 13th century -- is that you need hell to pay, ie a place to which God can confine deadly sinners for all eternity.
CHOMP and CHUNK and hell to pay.
' Halo ' foods sound heavenly but there may be hell to pay.
The board of the Hell 's Kitchen condo bought the nonfiction scribe out for just under his $1.27 million ask, according to city records, paying $1.23 million for the privilege of finding its own buyer.
Wendy Corsi Staub has penned a very noir nativity tale, "Hell to Pay ".
I tell you what, if some dude wrote on my truck after only one week of dating there would be hell to pay.
The City of Montreal has been ordered to pay $27,000 to a family who suffered a "party from hell," thanks to a drunk janitor at the cultural center where the family was trying to celebrate a bar mitzvah.
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