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the prodigal son

One who has returned after spending time away doing or pursuing something that was not condoned by the family or organization they had left, and who is now repentant for their actions. The phrase comes from a parable in the Bible about a son who leaves his father to seek his fortune and returns humbled. Well, looky here, the prodigal son has returned. Guess you didn't like that fancy new company that poached you last year.
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prodigal son

a person who leaves home to lead a spendthrift and extravagant way of life but later makes a repentant return.
The biblical parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15: 11–32 tells the story of the spendthrift younger son of a wealthy man who leaves home and wastes all his money. When he repents of his extravagant ways and returns home, he is joyfully welcomed back by his father. See also kill the fatted calf (at fatted).
See also: prodigal, son

a/the prodigal ˈson

(formal, disapproving or humorous) a person who leaves home as a young man and wastes his money and time on a life of pleasure, but who is later sorry about this and returns to his family: All the family went to the airport to welcome home the prodigal son.This expression comes from a story in the Bible.
See also: prodigal, son
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The uninvited guest Free and easy manners Salutary jokes A prodigal son Exit of the glutton A sudden change in fortune Danger of a visit to poor relations Plucking of a prosperous man A vagabond toilet A substitute for the very fine horse Hard travelling The uninvited guest and the patriarchal colt A beggar on horseback A catastrophe Exit of the merry vagabond
BURBANK - A good Samaritan, a lost sheep, a prodigal son, a mustard seed, an expensive pearl and a weed-covered wheat field are subjects of some of the best-known parables in the New Testament.
IT WAS the return of a prodigal son when Dion Dublin set foot once more upon the hallowed turf of Highfield Road.
This season's splendid and completely reconsidered staging of La Sylphide, with new scenery and costumes by Mikael Melbye, is by a prodigal son temporarily returned--Nicolaj Hubbe, now of New York City Ballet but once one of the great interpreters of the work's hero, James.
And though a bit of a prodigal son -- Franklin was kicked out of his first college, for example, because he kept a date out overnight--at 22 he redevoted his life to Jesus, and in 1976 joined another ministry: Samaritan's Purse.
In hindsight,'' said Nunez, ``It's great to have made the movie that allowed the public to rediscover Peter, sort of like a prodigal son.
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