Pay the Piper


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

Pay the Piper

1. To repay a debt.

2. To face a coming punishment, especially if one has made a serious mistake. One pays the piper by facing the wronged supervisor or client.
References in periodicals archive ?
Since we pay the piper, though, we ought to call the tune - however humble our status.
In fact it wouldn't pay them to play any games that couldn't guarantee a full house even at Croke Park, I can only see one winner in this dispute and it is the clubs who pay the piper.
Nickel & Dime (1992) C Thomas Howell hasn't forked over taxes in eight years--thanks to CPA Wallace Shawn--but now it's time to pay the piper.
That's obscene and footballer's wages are now beginning to turn the stomachs of those who pay the piper.
I guess I've always unconsciously expected this day would come - it's time to pay the piper.
Cocco pointed out that those who evaded paying the import duties on their cars or other vehicles will not be able to renew their license plates unless they pay the piper.
After this handsome opening, Parsons proceeded merely to illustrate the tale of greedy townies refusing to pay the piper for ridding their burg of vermin, so that the piper charms their kiddies away and turns them into stars.
It is the clients who pay the piper who are in the best position to call the tune so this may be the breakthrough which can lead in the long run to a profound change in the culture of the industry.