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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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The liberal elite, who in fact have pursued policies for decades which are now coming home to roost bleat on about cuts in police numbers, poverty being the cause and that we must use all in our power to turn perpetrators into law-abiding citizens.
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The inward investment of the Thatcher years, with our workers finally seeing the light and adopting working methods they had previously spurned could only ever be a short term sticking plaster: anyone with any foresight would have foreseen the chickens finally coming home to roost.
THE Brexit chickens are finally coming home to roost, or maybe not, because there may be no frozen poultry on our supermarket shelves.
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A compelling dramatic arc is established from the start in this fast-paced thriller, and the themes of guilt and atonement permeate throughout the movie, with both coming home to roost for the Sinha family in a touching final sequence.
There has been a lack of transparency from the outset, and some of that opacity is now coming home to roost as difficulties emerge.
That clucking-around sound we hear are the chickens coming home to roost.
Take a boat and head out with a knowledgeable guide (ask for Dan, who comes highly recommended) for viewing, or simply laze along the beach for sundowners and watch them coming home to roost against the backdrop of a vibrant orange setting sun.
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But financiers always outsmart the politicians, and the loud flapping noise you can hear is the chickens coming home to roost.
Mowbray chose the loan route over the longer-term route of developing players of our own, his chickens are coming home to roost.