Chickens Come Home to Roost

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Certain words or actions, which carry evil intentions, always haunt a person - who uses them or carries them out

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  • This term was used for the first time by Robert South, who was an English poet. This idiom was also taken from a barnyard, most probably. In the day time chickens are allowed to roam about and when evening falls they come home.  In this idiom ‘chickens’ represent thoughtless actions and ‘come home to roost’ means causing significant trouble.
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I warned my aunt of the wicked plans; she was making for my wedding day, as chickens come home to roost.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Chickens Come Home to Roost':

chickens come home to roostA person's past wrongdoings will always return to negatively affect them.
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