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piper

[pahy-per] /ˈpaɪ pər/
noun
1.
a person who plays on a pipe.
2.
a bagpiper.
Idioms
3.
pay the piper,
  1. to pay the cost of something.
  2. to bear the unfavorable consequences of one's actions or pleasures:
    Someday he'll have to pay the piper for all that gambling.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīpere. See pipe1, -er1
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  • 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.
  • The monkeys also rub their fur with clematis-vine stems and piper-plant leaves.
  • His basic argument is that because the alumni pay the piper, they should call the tune.
  • piper immediately suffered intense pain as mucus discharged from her ear.
British Dictionary definitions for piper

piper

/ˈpaɪpə/
noun
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/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for piper
n.

Old English pipere, agent noun from pipe (v.). As a kind of fish, from c.1600. Expression pay the piper recorded from 1680s.

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