make one's bed and lie in it

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make one's bed and lie in it

Suffer the consequences of one's actions. For example, It's unfortunate that it turned out badly, but Sara made her bed and now she must lie in it . The earliest English citation for this oft-repeated proverb is in Gabriel Harvey's Marginalia (c. 1590): "Let them . . . go to their bed, as themselves shall make it." The idiom alludes to times when a permanent bed was a luxury, and most people had to stuff a sack with straw every night for use as a bed. There are equivalents in French, German, Danish, and many other languages.
See also: and, bed, lie, make
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There is someone who could easily tell you that you've made your bed and must lie in it.
You've made your bed so you might as well lie in it and moan every now and then until you feel better.
SIR JACKIE STEWART has issued a stern rebuke to Jenson Button and warned: ' You've made your bed, now lie in it.
In short, you've made your bed, chum, and now you have to lie on it.
She moans about their rows and how lazy he is and I think firstly, I don't care and secondly, you've made your bed.
Sorry Gary, you've made your bed, you must lie in it.