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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Eamon Gilmore is in the middle of an absolute hurricaneHe who pays the piper calls the tune and the Troika is paying the piper
In the end Paying the Piper may have tried to do too much with too little evidence, but it is unquestionably a genuine contribution to the study of life in an English county and should be of interest to all scholars of the early modern period.
As a nation, we're paying the piper for years of "super-size" fries and all-you-can-eat buffets.
The money comes from Pew Charitable Trusts, and he brings in mostly media insiders not to critique corporate media in its essence as to who's paying the piper and whose interests are being served but to nibble around the edges in the kind of erudite way that media professionals love to do when it won't rock any of the big boats that they're riding in in terms of their careers.
Yet, given the continuing reassessment of federal spending programs and the importance of higher education to our economy, the matter of paying the piper will be of continuing interest.
It would appear that IBM and GM are two ponderous giants who simply weren't keeping up with their faster moving competitors and are now paying the piper.
When the people are paying the piper they at least should know who is calling the tune.