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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).
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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.
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Precisely because the prodigal son's new life did not mean more of the same, he had to be initiated in the attitudes, virtues, and practices of a more truthful and just way of life.
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The parable does not provide details about the contextual background of the prodigal son.
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Image: Jacques Callot (1592-1635), Killing the Fatted Calf from Life of the Prodigal Son, 1635; etching on paper; 2 3/8 by 3 1/8 inches.
And God reaches out nail-scarred hands and says to me, "Be a prodigal.
The familiar story of the Prodigal Son concerns the gracious welcome home of a wayward, exploitative son, so that the family can sing and dance and eat in joy (Luke 15:22-24).
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Our Gospel reading is the parable of the prodigal son.
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