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come back to haunt (one)

1. To pursue someone or something in a ghostly or otherwise supernatural form. If you don't do exactly what I want at my funeral, I'll come back to haunt you all!
2. For a past situation, decision, etc. to cause problems for one in the present or future. His poor treatment of his employees might come back to haunt him some day. Her remarks during the campaign have come back to haunt her during the debate.
3. To return to one's consciousness, as of a thought or memory. I've barely slept because that nightmare has come back to haunt me every night this week. The fear that I'll get fired comes back to haunt me all the time.
See also: back, come, haunt

haunted house

1. A house that is said to be visited by and/or home to ghosts or spirits. We're going to have a séance at the haunted house down the street, to see if we can talk to the spirits.
2. A house decorated to be spooky that serves as an attraction, usually around Halloween. I think the kids are too young to go to a haunted house, honey—I don't want them to have nightmares. Every year at Halloween, my family turns the garage into a haunted house by playing spooky music and hanging cobwebs everywhere.
See also: haunt, house

return to haunt (one)

1. To pursue one in a ghostly or otherwise supernatural form. If you don't do exactly what I want at my funeral, I'll return to haunt you all! The ghost of the business partner he betrayed had returned to haunt him in the night.
2. For a past situation, decision, etc. to cause problems for one in the present or future. With the organized strike shutting down his production line entirely, the CEO's poor treatment of his employees has returned to haunt him. Her remarks during the campaign returned to haunt her in the first debate with he opponent.
3. To come back continually to one's consciousness, as of a thought or memory. The same nightmare returns to haunt me every time I fall asleep. The awful terms on which I ended my friendship with Helen keep returning to haunt me.
See also: haunt, return

come back to haunt one

 and return to haunt one
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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return to haunt

one Go to come back to haunt one.
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"Introduction." The Haunter of the Dark and other Grotesque Visions.
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Like Clarissa and the street haunter, Marya can become one
haunters of Le Fanu's fiction generally appear in such a trompe
Interestingly, though, where woman seems to have the last word or the last gesture in "Ligeia," Conrad turns the Ligeia phenomenon around, with the males doing the final haunting, or at least affirming that they will be the active haunters rather than the passive haunted.
We also went on trips to the marsh to rescue lost Poliwags, while Haunter spooked us to get distracted (he was like Peeves in the Harry Potter games), or water Oddishes, to help them grow into Glooms and Vileplumes.
In pairing various "ghost" poems--for instance, "The Voice" and "The Haunter," "Beeny Cliff' and "The Phantom Horsewoman"--Steinberg moves through some complex, insightful analyses to the eventuality that death is constantly a third figure in any relationship (p.
In addition to sci-fi franchise starter "Ender's Game" and stage-to-screen drama "August: Osage County," her upcoming slate includes three chillers "Haunter," "Final Girl" and "Wicked Blood." Activities like Project Sunshine help to keep her priorities in check, Breslin says, noting that many of the volunteers "go in to visit kids every day, and really devote their lives to this, which is so inspiring."
But none could identify the haunter from among the house's long history of inhabitants.
As British Fiction and Cross-Cultural Encounters convincingly demonstrates, occupying an other's perspective, what Virginia Woolf described as "hanging up looking glasses at odd corners," is the task of both ethnographer and Woolfian "street haunter."
Similarly, as "The Rats in the Walls," "The Festival," "The Call of Cthulhu," and "The Haunter of the Dark" make evident, religious rituals in Lovecraft--usually affiliated with worship of the Old Ones--are depicted as the sadistic and barbaric practices of amoral, racially inferior beings whose humanity has been eroded almost beyond recognition.
e_SDLqI've always been a library haunter," says Rob Everett, the new director of the Springfield Public Library.
In this endeavor, the "unexpected encounter which always tends, explicitly or not, to take on the features of a woman marks the culmination of this quest" (101) [7] The real haunter, the real ghost, is Nadja, who continually escapes the analyst's attempts to sum her up and is herself haunted by that which may or may not be reducible to the play of light on the window's square.
Johnson's biographer was, by his own admission, an habitual haunter of the scaffold and his journal contains many accounts of the hangings he witnessed in Edinburgh and London.
The trailer of Season 4, episode 3, titled "Haunter of Ruins," shows Klaus promising his offspring that nothing with harm his little girl right before she sees a mysterious blue figure form in the woods.