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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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Halloween may be just around the corner, but there's still time to catch a good scare at a suburban haunted house.
It also highlights reputedly haunted lighthouses, graveyards, castles, cathedrals and battlefields.
Synopsis: Bringing forth the spirits, touching on near-death experiences and parallel universes, and presenting the full range of ghostly manifestations, "Haunted: Malevolent Ghosts, Night Terrors, and Threatening Phantoms" pulls back the curtains on the hidden and frightening world of supernatural spirits, malevolent phantoms, menacing beings, paranormal encounters, spectral apparitions, threatening poltergeists, and sinister hauntings.
The Haunted Brewery will include a zombie apocalypse interactive experience throughout the brewery, produced by Jacksonville Haunts.
The Second |Marquess of Bute haunts the castle, according to legend |The Chaucer Tower at Cardiff c.1920.
He is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages), including the best sellers: "The World's Most Haunted Places,'' "Weird Massachusetts,'' "Our Haunted Lives'' and "Who's Haunting the White House?''
On its website, America Haunts estimates that there are more than 1,200 haunted attractions that charge admission during the Halloween season each year, while an additional more than 300 amusement facilities (theme parks and the like) that have Halloween-specific attractions.
Her partner through the haunts, Jeff Harris, said the attraction was well worth their drive from Eugene.
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An Israeli activist and political analyst, Kirstein Keshet sets on a journey to explore what haunts Israel and what haunts her own imagination and commitment to justice.
Fall isn't just for back to school--it's also the season for hot apple cider, hay rides, and hair-raising haunts. That's why the Girls Editorial Board decided to do an issue on all things spooky--from the origins of scary stories to a Voice Box topic on violence in movies.
It is that which haunts the novel, not the screaming Beloved that tears at her throat until she draws blood.
What results is not so much the dispelling of illusion through an assertion of the image's flatness as the creation of a space that might be called hysterically impenetrable--one that simultaneously invites and rejects our ability to experience it as "real." In Larson's hands, photography emerges not just as a medium that haunts but one that is itself haunted by its own ghost.
If it's ghostly encounters which attract you and a visit to San Francisco is in your future, take a look at Jeff Dwyer's Ghost Hunter's Guide To The San Francisco Bay Area: it's a highlight of a hundred haunted spots in and around the city, all accessible to the public, where you can search out your own haunts.