Definition of the devil to pay in English:

the devil to pay

phrase

  • 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.’’