come back to haunt one

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come back to haunt one

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Fig. [for a bad memory] to recur; for the consequences of a bad decision to affect one negatively later. I never dreamed that a little thing like a traffic ticket could come back to haunt me years later.
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WHILE the governing council of the Indian Premier League has done its best to ensure that incidents of fixing -- as witnessed in the sixth edition -- doesn't return to haunt one of the most prolific domestic T20 tournament in the world, even franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league.