to come home to roost

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come home to roost

"to come home to roost"

past actions or behaviors whose consequences return to cause problems or trouble


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come home to roost

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I'm in big trouble now.

Colleague 2:  Why is that?

Colleague 1:  Do you remember that intern that I used to insult and make life miserable for?

Colleague 2:  Yes.

Colleague 1:  She has been working in another department and has worked her way up to a manager's position and is now being transferred into our department. She is going to be my boss.

Colleague 2:  Guess your proverbial chickens have come home to roost, huh?

Colleague 1:  I am definitely regretting my previous behavior towards her.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come home to roost

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Can you believe it? It has been one year and one week since I bought my laptop computer and it has crashed and I can't fix it.

Friend 2:  You bought the extended warranty, didn't you?

Friend 1:  No. I thought spending another hundred and twenty nine dollars wasn't worth it.

Friend 2:  Looks like that decision is coming home to roost. I wonder how much repairs are going to be?

to come home to roost - Usage:


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to come home to roost - Gerund Form:

Coming home to roost, his previous derogatory remarks about a junior partner are causing trouble now that the junior partner has been promoted.

to come home to roost - Examples:

1)  ... never wants to cut or pay for anything. The chickens will come home to roost soon and we will be another Greece with no freedoms left either.

2)  In short, Carter's warnings have come home to roost, after thirty years of subsequent presidents dodging his very real moral and spiritual concerns.

3)  ... and anti-Western sentiment, once declaring that America's "chickens had come home to roost" in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

4)  ... is that the real costs and dangers of Obamacare have not yet come home to roost, so the Republicans' invoking them in this year's campaign was ineffective.

5)  ... taxpayers expense. We are such suckers. America's chickens have come home to roost and now we all will have to pay the consequences.

6)  ... households to enjoy a more affluent lifestyle. Now the problem is coming home to roost. Over-Production Paradox.

7)  To borrow a phrase, the Obama chickens are coming home to roost. The essence of his doomed approach is revealed in Obama's refusal to ...

8)  ... actions of the past 50 years by our government and media are coming home to roost and we, as a nation, deserve what we get. 

9)  Certainly chickens coming home to roost: hate that hate produced, poverty that exclusion from professions and trades produced, ...

10)  ... bankruptcy restructuring to wipe out pensions. Well, chickens are coming home to roost. With all the trillions of pensions and retirement funds raided over the last 30-40 years ...

11)  ... to a long-term bubble that wrecked their domestic economy when it all came home to roost. (The sub-prime mortgage problem was only partly at fault and its contribution to ...

12)  ... take it on the chin when his parade of policy failures came home to roost.

13)  Various chickens came home to roost as a furious Lewis realised he'd been lured into an attempted honey trap of ...

14)  ... on borrowing to address our debts and then one day, reality came home to roost and borrowing was reined in. Four years later we are all paying the price ...

15)  ... during its time in government, but by the time the consequences came home to roost, it would be the Tories in power and they would have to manage the ...

16)  ... to wash away an invisible bloodstain. Once the sense of guilt comes home to roost, Lady Macbeth's sensitivity becomes a weakness, and she is unable to cope.

17)  ... and it still haunts us. When the now sovereign debt crisis comes home to roost the crash will be worse than had we not bitten the bullet.

18)  ... are hoping that a plan to educate players on sleep and nutrition comes home to roost this season.

19)  For whatever reason, neither the horror nor the national shame quite comes home to roost.

20)  ... less about being illegal but when something goes wrong is when it comes home to roost why staying illegally in the USA is NOT the right thing to do.