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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piper

see call the tune (pay the piper).

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Example sentences
If the government pays the piper, it is likely to demand that the musicians be
  qualified.
Whatever you do, at some point in time you have to pay the piper.
Many doctors and scientists play the tune the piper pays for.
His basic argument is that because the alumni pay the piper, they should call
  the tune.
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