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cock of the roost

An arrogant, conceited, or overly proud person, typically a man. He struts around campus like he's the cock of the roost, all because his dad is some politician.
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curses, like chickens, come home to roost

One's previous actions will eventually have consequences or cause problems. Aw man, I knew not handing in my homework would be a problem eventually. Curses, like chickens, come home to roost, after all. I'd be careful before making any rash decisions—you know that curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
See also: come, home, like, roost

chickens come home to roost

One's previous actions will eventually have consequences or cause problems. I knew not handing in my homework would be a problem eventually. Chickens always come home to roost. I'd be careful before making any rash decisions—you know that chickens come home to roost.
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come home to roost

1. Literally, of chickens and other such birds, to return to an established place of shelter. Put out some feed because the chickens will come home to roost.
2. To cause problems or have consequences as a result of previous actions. I knew not handing in my homework would be a problem eventually—stuff like that always comes home to roost. I'd be careful before making any rash decisions because they always come home to roost.
See also: come, home, roost

rule the roost

To be the real boss; to be the person in charge. You just need to accept that your daughter is going to rule the roost for most of her childhood. For all intents and purposes, it's the assistant manager who rules the roost.
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chickens come home to roost

Prov. You have to face the consequences of your mistakes or bad deeds. Jill: Emily found out that I said she was incompetent, and now she won't recommend me for that job. Jane: The chickens have come home to roost, I see.
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rule the roost

Fig. to be the boss or manager, especially at home. Who rules the roost at your house? Our new office manager really rules the roost.
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chickens come home to roost

The consequences of doing wrong always catch up with the wrongdoer, as in Now that you're finally admitting your true age, no one believes you-chickens come home to roost . The fact that chickens usually come home to rest and sleep has long been known, but the idea was used figuratively only in 1809, when Robert Southey wrote, "Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost" ( The Curse of Kehama).
See also: chicken, come, home, roost

rule the roost

Be in charge, boss others, as in In our division the chairman's son rules the roost. This expression originated in the 15th century as rule the roast, which was either a corruption of rooster or alluded to the person who was in charge of the roast and thus ran the kitchen. In the barnyard a rooster decides which hen should roost near him. Both interpretations persisted for 200 years. Thomas Heywood (c. 1630) put it as "Her that ruled the roast in the kitchen," but Shakespeare had it in 2 Henry VI (1:1): "The new-made duke that rules the roast," which is more ambiguous. In the mid-1700s roost began to compete with roast, and in the 1900s roost displaced roast altogether. Also see run the show.
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come home to roost

COMMON If something bad that someone did comes home to roost, it now causes problems for them. You ought to have known that your lies would come home to roost in the end. Mr Cardoso's failures as a minister have finally come home to roost. Note: You can also say the chickens come home to roost, with the same meaning. Politicians can fool some people some of the time, but in the end, the chickens will come home to roost. Note: This expression is taken from the poem `The Curse of Kehama' by the English poet Robert Southey: `Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost.'
See also: come, home, roost

rule the roost

COMMON
1. If someone rules the roost, they are the most powerful and important person in a group. In Germany, scientists will be found at the top of many manufacturing companies; in Britain, accountants rule the roost. Unfortunately he's a weak manager who lets the players rule the roost when he's meant to be in charge.
2. If something rules the roost it is more powerful or popular than the things that it is being compared to. Today, the cartels still rule the roost and the authorities seem as impotent as ever. Note: This expression seems to refer to the dominant cock in a chicken coop. However, `rule the roost' may have developed from the earlier expression `rule the roast', which refers to the head of the household who carves and serves the meat.
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chickens come home to roost

your past mistakes or wrongdoings will eventually be the cause of present troubles.
This phrase comes from the proverb curses, like chickens, come home to roost .
1997 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things He knew, had known, that one day History's twisted chickens would come home to roost.
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rule the roost

be in complete control.
The original expression was rule the roast , which was common from the mid 16th century onwards. Although none of the early examples of its use shed any light on its source, we can surmise that it originally referred to someone being the most important person at a banquet or feast. Rule the roost, found from the mid 18th century, has now replaced the earlier version.
See also: roost, rule

(your/the) chickens come home to ˈroost

after a long time you experience the unpleasant effects of something bad or stupid that you have done in the past: For years he avoided paying tax. But now his chickens have come home to roost and he’s got a tax bill of $25 000.
Roost is used about birds and means ‘to rest or go to sleep somewhere’.
See also: chicken, come, home, roost

rule the ˈroost

(informal) be the person who controls a group, family, community, etc: It is a family firm, where the owner’s mother rules the roost.
A roost is a place where birds sleep.
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come home to roost

To have repercussions or aftereffects, especially unfavorable ones: The consequences of your mistake will eventually come home to roost.
See also: come, home, roost

rule the roost

Informal
To be in charge; dominate: In this house my parents rule the roost.
See also: roost, rule
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We observed bats exiting a possible roost in the attic of a house at this site, but we do not know if this residence is used by smaller numbers of bats throughout the rest of the year.
For both of these species, males often roost in different sites than females and their young (Griffin, 1940; Fenton and Barclay, 1980), but we could find no reports of large bachelor colonies of little brown bats such as the ones we found.
at Newcastle University, said: "The steps taken to protect and encourage the bat colonies and roosts in this development are some of the most pioneering in the country.
All females roosted exclusively within eucalypt hollows, and the tree characteristics were very similar to roosts used elsewhere in East Gippsland and broadly across southeastern Australia (Kavanagh 1997; Bilney et al.
Statistical Analysis--We determined 95% confidence intervals for population estimates for each roost individually because of differences in methodologies.
The roost was situated in a late successional floodplain forest in a canopy liana (Bignoniaceae: Arribidaea florida; Vasquez and Rojas, 2004; C.
Roost selection by bats depends on many factors including temperature humidity air flow light intensity safety from predators proximity to foraging areas and take-off height (Morrison 1980; Tuttle and Stevenson 1981; Kunz 1982; Hill and Smith 1984; McCracken 1989).
8220;The kids have really shown a lot of passion, reaching out to the Hartland community and have established the Chimney Swift Roost Fund for donations to build a new habitat for the birds in time for their return,” said Keleen Kaye, HSCL Teacher.
w Mr Crompton rsaid the meadow o is directlr yl alongside one of the hotspots and he is nowo inven stigating whether theye roost at the site.
If this was a maternity roost it could be very important - there may have been baby bats inside who will have been wiped out.
Since this species often roosts in buildings, they are particularly vulnerable to renovation of old buildings and remedial timber treatments," he said.
The new features include conversations, allowing customers to interact with Facebook fans and Twitter followers from within the Roost dashboard; and LinkedIn integration, enabling users to add LinkedIn to their Roost account.
Present investigations were therefore, aimed to know the roost composition of the rose-ringed in terms its numerical proportions throughout Central Punjab, and to evaluate the damage profile on maize and sunflower, and finally, to suggest a few environmentally sustainable management devices to inhibit crop and resultant economic losses.
In the daytime, you may see one only if you disturb it inadvertently from its roost site in woodland up against a tree trunk or among ivy.