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come home to roost

1. Literally, of chickens and other such birds, to return to an established place of shelter. Put out some feed because the chickens will come home to roost.
2. To cause problems or have consequences as a result of previous actions. I knew not handing in my homework would be a problem eventually—stuff like that always comes home to roost. I'd be careful before making any rash decisions because they always come home to roost.
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come home to roost

to cause problems for you He said some stupid things and now those remarks were coming home to roost.
Usage notes: said of problems that result from your own mistakes, and sometimes used with chickens: Nobody felt sorry for him because it was a case of the chickens coming home to roost.
Etymology: based on the habit of chickens and other birds that return to their nesting places
See also: come, home, roost

come home to roost

To have repercussions or aftereffects, especially unfavorable ones: The consequences of your mistake will eventually come home to roost.
See also: come, home, roost