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chickens come home to roost
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Definition: earlier actions come back to cause trouble for a person; haunt

Explanation: Used when speaking about someone being punished at a much later date for earlier bad acts. Very similar to the idea of karma ;-)

Examples: Well, I guess the chickens have come home to roost. I wish I had never done that. - He's paying for his sins now, the chickens have come home to roost.

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