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chickens come home to roost



When bad or evil past actions come back to affect or haunt the doer in the present.

Context : Social Life
Category: Idiom
Semantic: deserve

Usage of “chickens come home to roost”

  1. For the kidnapper, justice has been served. The chickens are now coming home to roost.

  2. The gang leader was shot to death. Looks like the chickens came home to roost.

Examples of idiom “chickens come home to roost” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'rascality'

    looks like some of the anti-choice chickens came home to roost on Stupak

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Trillian_01'

    Oh I do love it when the chickens come home to roost...muhaha! RT @PerezHilton Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'SteveSchippert'

    Is Obama's treatment of our major ally simply Israel's "chickens coming home to roost"? A fair question.