Pay the Piper

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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.
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We neglected to mention in our December 1999 issue that Frances Stonor Saunders' Who Paid the Piper (reviewed in that issue by James Petras) will be published this month by the New Press, New York.