One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Trouble to be expected.
- ‘We took down the swing, we dismembered the rope bed, we tore down the clothes line (there was the deuce to pay for that), and joined them all together in one loose whole.’
- ‘‘Mother,’ said little Bobby, bursting into the house all out of breath, ‘there's going to be the deuce to pay down at the grocer's’.’
- ‘I think it most probable - though of course it's only an opinion - that you'll all have the deuce to pay before you get that malaria out of your systems.’
- ‘My boy, there is always the deuce to pay.’
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