on pain of
Also, under pain of. Subject to the penalty of a specific punishment. For example, The air traffic controllers knew that going on strike was on pain of losing their jobs. At one time this idiom often invoked death as the penalty, a usage that is largely hyperbolic today, as in We'd better be back on time, under pain of death. [Late 1300s]
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It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
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He shrank, as from some one who inflicted pain as a child, unwittingly, to see what the effect would be.
She stabbed him, noting the effect upon him with a detached interest that seemed indifferent to his pain.
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.
I laved his pain-twisted face with the cool water and let a few drops trickle into his open mouth.
Instinctively he tried to hide both pain and anger—it could only increase this distance that was already there.