Значение идиомы pay for

[pay for] {v.} To have trouble because of ; be punished or suffer because of.

When Bob couldnot get a good job, he realized he had to pay for all the years offooling around instead of working in school.

Mary was very mean toJohn because she wanted to make him pay for all the years in which hehad ignored her.

Compare: MAKE UP, PAY OFF.

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