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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

COMMON If something bad that someone did comes home to roost, it now causes problems for them. You ought to have known that your lies would come home to roost in the end. Mr Cardoso's failures as a minister have finally come home to roost. Note: You can also say the chickens come home to roost, with the same meaning. Politicians can fool some people some of the time, but in the end, the chickens will come home to roost. Note: This expression is taken from the poem `The Curse of Kehama' by the English poet Robert Southey: `Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost.'
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come home to roost

To have repercussions or aftereffects, especially unfavorable ones: The consequences of your mistake will eventually come home to roost.
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That is a problem that runs across all government entities, and the failure to invest in education once again comes home to roost, and the culture of mediocrity runs from top to bottom and side to side.
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Once it comes home to roost we deny those values, we betray ourselves, but those values are correct, and it happens time and time again.
The evil underlying the monsters throughout the series comes home to roost in Will himself as readers know it must.
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When you hear those sort of stories, it really comes home to roost.
Ballerinas dance, ponies trot, and even an elephant comes home to roost.
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EXPANSION plans for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama could stall if a batty problem comes home to roost.
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The problem is that, when a multibillion-dollar liability comes home to roost, it tends to endanger all the syndicates involved in insurance and reinsurance.
And things will likely get worse for many of us as the fallout from change in our customer markets comes home to roost with a vengeance.
Now it's get-out-from-under time for the elected members concerned, as, fifteen months and pounds 150k later, the turkey finally comes home to roost.