return to haunt (one)

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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

return to haunt

one Go to come back to haunt one.
See also: haunt, return
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Does he really believe that this experience will return to haunt us?
A fast paced, often funny, cautionary tale, it is a story about the mistakes we make that will forever return to haunt us.
But the worry is that the worst financial crisis in 80 years will return to haunt us.
For despite the obvious clichs of it being a long season, plenty of points to play for etc., any further deficit incurred before we travel to Stamford Bridge a week on Sunday would put us at risk of being 10-12 points behind should our dire record at the Home of No History prior to last season return to haunt us. Putting on a brave face in this situation would require the combined acting skills of John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, aided by the entire staff of the BBC Make-up Department.
But this bit of history hasn't been digested yet, as becomes clear in the final sequence, in which the film's key images flash before our eyes as if in a kaleidoscope: Their pictures return to haunt us like the ghosts of the past.
We must brace ourselves for some uncomfortable times as past sins return to haunt us. But the game can be better for it - even with a 'Watchman' watching over us.
But the real potential whammy that may yet return to haunt us all is the likely emerging proposals on Planning Gain Supplements.
Though the taxes are repealed in 2010, if Congress does not reinstate the new tax bill prior to January 1, 2011, death taxes return to haunt us at June 6,2001 levels.
If we willfully forget them, though, they return to haunt us.
THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES: OLD FACES RETURN TO HAUNT US
So tomorrow think briefly of Matilda Gould and every single person who lost their life in a tragic era and hope that never again will those evil days return to haunt us.
So let's be very careful for what we wish: it might return to haunt us - by when it might be too late.
I'M worried that Liverpool's lack of transfer activity will return to haunt us come May.
Otherwise the danger is that diseases which once were rife, and which still kill in the developing world, could return to haunt us again.
I'm sure he will get a great welcome back, but I hope he doesn't return to haunt us."