there will be hell to pay
There will be hell to pay definition
Things will be so bad that one will have to bribe the devil to straighten them out. (Use caution with hell.) : If I don't get this done on time, there will be hell to pay.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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