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And they'd better be right, or there will be hell to pay.
When the idealistic young democrat ignores his avaricious handlers--sharing his wealth with thousands of down-and-out farmers--there's all sorts of hell to pay.
I certainly date people who have the same values and ethics I do," Lesser says, "but if our funders ever thought we were running a dating service, there would be hell to pay.
If our garbage got mixed up with their garbage, or we accidentally put their garbage in a trash can, there was hell to pay.
We had both been conditioned--as an employee and former employee of a membership association--not to complain about our rooms, because if we complained successfully and "bumped" one of our members-our bosses there could be hell to pay.
So many people are hoping for so much, there will be hell to pay if they discover their aspirations buried in the business-as-usual the Brown performance betrays.
De La Salle doesn't lose often, but when it does there's usually hell to pay.
And if John doesn't stick up for her, there'll be hell to pay.
And when a man puts his hand on a woman [there is] hell to pay, but when a woman walks up in the street and grabs your kilt [there is] no respect for you, your costume or your cause.
I think the Israelis have every right to say -- and America should join this message -- you touch that boy who's an American citizen and you will have hell to pay for it.
And there will be hell to pay if one of our big names goes down before the Ashes," he concluded.
If not, there will be hell to pay in more ways than one" Sir Bernard Ingham on the NHS controversy "Politicians, the media - we now live in a world of soundbites.
However, at the same time we are never happier than when a big new signing is paraded on the pitch and there can be hell to pay if one of our established stars is sold.
If they lay one finger on our Lambanana I swear to God there will be hell to pay.
FIFA's bylaws forbid governmental interference in soccer affairs -- no law is above its own -- and those who transgress have hell to pay.