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
Whatever present value of money you believe you might save by paying legal costs to delay paying the piper are usually offset by the fact that other side's position gets better over time, and plaintiffs' counsel, who usually work on a contingent basis, now have more skin in the game and thus may push for more money in settlement or prefer to take their chances before a jury--your worst-case scenario," he says.
They can afford these duds because much of the rest of the world is paying the piper.
I can't even make my home larger without paying the piper.