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come home to roost

Definition of come home to roost

  1. 1 —used of person's past actions that are causing him or her to experience problems in the present <Her bad decisions are coming home to roost.>

  2. 2 —used of a person's past actions that caused problems for others in the past that are like the problems that person is experiencing in the present <He's been cheating people for years but now the/his chickens are (finally) coming home to roost.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

  1. :  one's place of residence :  domicile

    :  house

    :  the social unit formed by a family living together

  1. :  to or at one's home

    :  to a final, closed, or ultimate position

    :  to or at an ultimate objective (as a goal or finish line)

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a home, place of origin, or base of operations

    :  prepared, done, or designed for use in a home

    :  operating or occurring in a home area

  1. :  to go or return home

    :  to return accurately to one's home or natal area from a distance

    :  to proceed to or toward a source of radiated energy used as a guide

  1. :  a support on which birds rest

    :  a place where winged animals and especially birds customarily roost

    :  a group of birds roosting together

  1. :  to settle down for rest or sleep :  perch

    :  to settle oneself as if on a roost

    :  to supply a roost for or put to roost

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