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.
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return to haunt

one Go to come back to haunt one.
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He is attacked by machete-wielding assailants and fears the ghosts of his old life have returned to haunt him. So Jim flies to London to warn Cox and gather intelligence from old pal Stanley (Ray Winstone) before heading to Barcelona to reconnect with Felix and Annie, who are now married.
SERGIO GARCIA last night admitted he "screwed up" after his putting woes returned to haunt him.
TORY toff David Cameron's past has returned to haunt him.
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The tricky winger returned to haunt him yesterday by scoring his first goal in five months to kick-start a City rout.