piper

[ pahy-per ]
/ ˈpaɪ pər /

noun

a person who plays on a pipe.
a bagpiper.

Idioms

    pay the piper,
    1. to pay the cost of something.
    2. to bear the unfavorable consequences of one's actions or pleasures: Someday he'll have to pay the piper for all that gambling.

Origin of piper

before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīpere. See pipe1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for pay the piper (1 of 2)

piper

/ (ˈpaɪpə) /

noun

a person who plays a pipe or bagpipes
pay the piper and call the tune to bear the cost of an undertaking and control it

British Dictionary definitions for pay the piper (2 of 2)

Piper

/ (ˈpaɪpə) /

noun

John. 1903–92, British artist. An official war artist in World War II, he is known esp for his watercolours of bombed churches and his stained glass in Coventry Cathedral
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Culture definitions for pay the piper

pay the piper


To pay the consequences for self-indulgent behavior: “If you stay up late at night to watch TV, in the morning you will have to pay the piper.”

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Idioms and Phrases with pay the piper (1 of 2)

pay the piper


see under call the tune.

Idioms and Phrases with pay the piper (2 of 2)

piper


see call the tune (pay the piper).

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