come back to haunt


: to cause problems for (someone) in the future
a decision that may come back to haunt us

Examples of come back to haunt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some 12 months later, however, a concession that will see Dembele's €100 million ($110.5 million) release clause reduced to a paltry €50 million ($55 million) this summer could come back to haunt Barca. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Maybe Hamilton will not come back to haunt OSU in The Game. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 27 Nov. 2022 Luckily the gaffe didn’t come back to haunt the team. Dallas News, 10 Oct. 2022 Others warn that this caution could feed a public perception that districts are sitting on federal dollars meant for students — a perception that could come back to haunt the school system in coming funding fights. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2022 But the premature declaration of victory has come back to haunt him, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant makes the zero-Covid policy less effective. Laura He, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 Ahead of the July 15 premiere of the film adaptation, however, Where the Crawdads Sing author Delia Owen's past has come to light—or, more accurately, has come back to haunt her. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 14 July 2022 Some of his Republican allies warn that Trump’s take-no-prisoners brand of politics — and his obsession with his defeat in Georgia — will only come back to haunt GOP candidates in November. al, 27 Mar. 2022 Gascón is smart enough not to let words come back to haunt him. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022

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“Come back to haunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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