Pay The Piper Meaning
(idiomatic) To pay a monetary debt or experience unfavorable consequences, especially when the payment or consequences are inevitable in spite of attempts to avoid them.
Example: 1898, August 1, Swami Vivekananda, "To Swami Brahmananda", The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda:
Those that pay the piper must command the tune.
1905, George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara:
Be off with you, my boy, and play with your caucuses and leading articles and historic parties and great leaders and burning questions and the rest of your toys. I am going back to my counting house to pay the piper and call the tune.
1831, April 16, Dandy Doricourt, letter to the editors, The New-York mirror, volume 8, issue number 41, page 325:
[T]he very constitution of society is based upon this volunteer system of paying the piper. Honest men pay the piper for rogues, and full purses for empty ones.
1921, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, The Sisters-In-Law, ch. 10:
He wanted to get rich too quickly I suppose. . . . He's got to pay the piper.
2006, Candice Millard, "The River of Doubt," Time, 25 Jun.:
Roosevelt never fully recovered his health, but he refused any regret. "I am always willing to pay the piper," he once wrote, "when I have had a good dance."