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- v. To pay expenses for something, and thus be in a position to be in control (i.e. to be able to call the tune).
- v. To pay a monetary debt or experience unfavorable consequences, especially when the payment or consequences are inevitable in spite of attempts to avoid them.
Possibly based on the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. (Wiktionary)