pay piper

piper

[pahy-per]
noun
1.
a person who plays on a pipe.
2.
a bagpiper.
Idioms
3.
pay the piper,
a.
to pay the cost of something.
b.
to bear the unfavorable consequences of one's actions or pleasures: Someday he'll have to pay the piper for all that gambling.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīpere. See pipe1, -er1

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piper (ˈpaɪpə)
 
n
1.  a person who plays a pipe or bagpipes
2.  pay the piper and call the tune to bear the cost of an undertaking and control it

Piper (ˈpaɪpə)
 
n
John. 1903--92, British artist. An official war artist in World War II, he is known esp for his watercolours of bombed churches and his stained glass in Coventry Cathedral

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