pay for


verb (preposition)

to make payment (of) for
(intr) to suffer or be punished, as for a mistake, wrong decision, etcin his old age he paid for the laxity of his youth

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Idioms and Phrases with pay for

pay for

1

Cover the expenses of, defray the cost of, as in I'll pay for your movie ticket, or This truck will pay for itself within a year. [Mid-1300s]

2

Atone for, suffer for, as in He may have looked like a good manager, but his successor will end up paying for his mistakes. [Late 1600s]

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