(one) made (one's) bed and (one) has to lie in it(redirected from they made their beds and they have to lie in them)
(one) made (one's) bed and (one) has to lie in it
One must endure the unpleasant situation that they have created. I don't feel at all bad that he has no friends after having sold everyone out on his way to the top. He made his bed, and now he has to lie in it. Of course Joanne's mad at you—you lied to her! I'm sorry, honey, but you made your bed and you have to lie in it. Will has to do jail time for embezzling money from the company? Sounds like he made his bed and he has to lie in it.
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make one's bed and lie in it
Suffer the consequences of one's actions. For example, It's unfortunate that it turned out badly, but Sara made her bed and now she must lie in it . The earliest English citation for this oft-repeated proverb is in Gabriel Harvey's Marginalia (c. 1590): "Let them . . . go to their bed, as themselves shall make it." The idiom alludes to times when a permanent bed was a luxury, and most people had to stuff a sack with straw every night for use as a bed. There are equivalents in French, German, Danish, and many other languages.
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