come home to roost

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come home to roost

  1. (idiomatic) Bad consequences of actions inevitably coming to pass.
    Opponents see the latest indictments as a case of chickens coming home to roost.
    • 2005 Feb 25, Paul Blustein, “Foreign Investment^s Flip Side; U.S. Trade Deficit Swells Along With Consumption, Debt”, Washington Post:
      At some point, he warned, sentiment among foreign investors could turn against America's deteriorating fundamentals, triggering a sharp sell-off in U.S. stocks and bonds that would threaten to throw the economy's expansion into reverse. "Will those risks ever come home to roost? One can't predict with great confidence," said Summers.