One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Involve someone in a serious loss or a heavy penalty.‘they were really bad mistakes on my part and they cost us dear’
- ‘It's a tough movie to watch at times and whatever redemption its characters find costs them dearly.’
- ‘His two losses in a row in the fifth and sixth rounds cost him dearly.’
- ‘For 88 minutes of games we are working well but then it's a lack of concentration all over the pitch and those mistakes are costing us dear.’
- ‘Impulse buys and rash decisions might end up costing you dear.’
- ‘On paper they are a formidable outfit but poor decision making and a concession of penalties are costing them dearly.’
- ‘The poor set-pieces nearly cost them dear on the half-hour mark.’
- ‘Mr Bloomer's failure to do so may end up costing him dear.’
- ‘Factory farming costs us, and the animals involved, dearly.’
- ‘These extended redemption penalties can cost you dearly in the long run.’
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