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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Peter Watling returned to haunt one of his former teams when he scored twice in the opening half and two goals in as many minutes from Dan Riley and Tom Davies swept Team to another three crucial points.
* Swans players crowd around Wayne Routledge after the winger returned to haunt one of his old clubs with a goal, while left, Andrea Orlandi fires in a shot * A thrilled Brendan Rodgers
Mattie Moffat has scored goals wherever he has played and he returned to haunt one of his former clubs by scoring a brace.