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English definition of “come back/home to roost”

come back/home to roost

to return to cause problems : All his earlier mistakes are coming home to roost.Causing difficulties for oneself or othersCausing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of come back/home to roost from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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