come home to roost
Of adverse consequences that had been apparently escaped, to return to the place of origin.

Opponents see the latest indictments as a case of chickens coming home to roost.


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  • curses, like chickens, come home to roost — Also without specific reference to curses, as in quot. 2001 c 1390 CHAUCER Parson’s Tale 1. 620 And ofte tyme swich cursynge wrongfully retorneth agayn to hym that curseth, as a bryd that retorneth agayn to his owene nest. 1592 Arden of Feversham …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • someone's chickens come home to roost — someone’s chickens come home to roost something comes home to roost phrase used for saying that bad actions or mistakes from the past have unpleasant results in the present It’s only now that the real problems in London are coming home to roost.… …   Useful english dictionary

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