come home to roost

idiom

Definition of come home to roost

1 used of person's past actions that are causing him or her to experience problems in the presentHer bad decisions are coming home to roost.
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 presentHe's been cheating people for years but now the/his chickens are (finally) coming home to roost.

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“Come home to roost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/come%20home%20to%20roost. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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