One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Serious trouble to be dealt with.‘there was the devil to pay when we got home’
- ‘There will be the devil to pay when Alorin finds out.’
- ‘It's time to fish or cut bait, mate, or there'll be the devil to pay.’
- ‘This time, Devellyn tells her, she'll have the devil to pay.’
- ‘Thus a crisis or emergency could be described as ‘the devil to pay and no pitch hot.’’
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