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1A bagpipe player.
- ‘It's there you'll see the pipers and the fiddlers competing’
- ‘Mr Pitt, 49, said: " We have arranged for a Scottish piper to lead the procession.’
- ‘We are looking for drummers and pipers to continue a long tradition of good music.’
- ‘The Piping Centre's founding director of piping is also one of the world's most accomplished solo pipers and a pipe major with the acclaimed ScottishPower Pipe Band.’
- ‘During the offertory, Michael Delaney played the trumpet, and the piper piped during the communion.’
- ‘Outside the hotel a piper is being photographed by a South African rugby player as he plays a welcoming tune for a coachload of Scottish tourists.’
- ‘It is awarded to a piper doing exactly what pipers in Scottish regiments are best known for which is encouraging the men into an attack.’
- ‘A lone piper played for the wedding party while it waited for Rachel's arrival.’
- ‘But don't expect to warm a brandy in front of a log fire serenaded by a piper's lament.’
- ‘Their grandfather played the fiddle, and their father is a piper and singer of Gaelic songs.’
- ‘As well as the actor, the opening also featured Scottish pipers, clowns and a barbecue.’
- ‘AS THE drone of the bagpipes settles into a pleasing skirl, the piper enters and a hush falls over the crowd.’
- ‘I don't know anything about the Germans' feelings about the bagpipe except they often shot the pipers first.’
- ‘Standing on a makeshift stage of whisky barrels, the six drummers, pipers and vocalists are a dishevelled-looking bunch: think Braveheart meets Mad Max.’
- ‘PC Broadhurst was borne to the hearse to the accompaniment of a piper's lament and the tolling of a single bell.’
- ‘A lone piper played the lament before the crowd dispersed from the quayside following the ceremony.’
- ‘You enter the city, riding a white charger, with 100 pipers leading the procession.’
- ‘Adrian Schofield was - still is - a champion Northumbrian piper, despite coming from Bolton.’
- ‘To the strains of The Green Hills, played by local pipers Eugene Murphy and his daughter Marie, the players entered the hall.’
- ‘It was brought into the station by the lord provost of Stirling, Colin O'Brien, accompanied by pipers to the tune of ‘Scots Wha Hae’.’
2A person who plays a pipe, especially an itinerant musician.
- ‘According to himself, he became fascinated with the pipes having seen and heard a travelling piper who called at his home in 1930.’
- ‘Although he feared her, she could see he thought he had played her as a piper plays his pipe.’
- ‘In South Africa and Lithuania disjunct panpipes - separate tubes with a group of pipers each playing one or two - are used.’
- ‘Then the pipers and drummers struck up once again and everyone sang the Star Spangled Banner.’
- ‘After word of Banks' presence spread, he became a modern-day pied piper.’
- ‘Virtuoso piper Jarlath has fused world music and traditional music to create a mesmeric and powerful sound.’
- ‘MacDonald himself will play various pipes and flute, accompanied by seven other pipers and four backing musicians.’
- ‘The sitar player is like a pied piper leading the dinner guests as if they were rats.’
- ‘There is also an album from Dublin-born uillean piper and tin whistle player, Ronan Browne.’
- ‘The band, consisting of a drummer, a piper and a fiddler, was playing a Torrencian song she knew, and she couldn't resist trying to join in.’
- ‘The modal tunes reminiscent of pipers ' fifes and reels mixed with ragtime and black scales is a really extraordinary and rich mixture, constantly a reminder of the history of the South.’
- ‘Three pipers, piping furiously, entered the gaming-space, followed by twelve young warriors in white cloaks and helmets decorated with the tail-feathers of the black eagle.’
- ‘This is always quite a ceremony, with pipers piping and whisky flowing and famous faces popping up all over.’
pay the piper
Bear the consequences of an action or activity that one has enjoyed.‘we will have to pay the piper, and the price is apt to be a high one’
- ‘Tomorrow I pay the piper, I stay home minding what will undoubtedly be an itchy, crabby, ill child.’
- ‘‘Sorry butthead,’ Armstrong said, ‘your chance to give up is long past, now it's time to pay the piper.’’
- ‘Few sensible people dispute the fact that we'll have to pay the piper someday soon for the harm we've wrought upon our environment.’
- ‘Some day, some one is going to have to pay the piper.’
- ‘Says Fischer, ‘Corporations that need a CEO badly have to pay the piper.’’
- ‘In any case, if we go too far, we'll pay the piper, won't we?’
- ‘Its past time to pay the piper, like responsible adults - - and stop siphoning-off savings of others.’
- ‘In the end, people who earn fixed incomes pay the piper for others to enjoy his music.’
- ‘We are essentially borrowing from ourselves, but eventually we have to pay the piper through higher taxes.’
- ‘But the rich pay the piper, and no matter who's in the White House, Presidents do dance.’
Old English pīpere.
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