come home to roost


a perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.
a large cage, house, or place for fowls or birds to roost in.
a place for sitting, resting, or lodging.
verb (used without object)
to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
to settle or stay, especially for the night.
come home to roost, (of an action) to revert or react unfavorably to the doer; boomerang: an evil deed that came home to roost and ruined his life.
rule the roost, to be in charge or control; dominate: It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.

before 1100; Middle English roost (noun), Old English hrōst; cognate with Middle Dutch roest

unroosted, adjective
unroosting, adjective Unabridged
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roost (ruːst)
1.  a place, perch, branch, etc, where birds, esp domestic fowl, rest or sleep
2.  a temporary place to rest or stay
3.  rule the roost See rule
4.  (intr) to rest or sleep on a roost
5.  (intr) to settle down or stay
6.  come home to roost to have unfavourable repercussions
[Old English hrōst; related to Old Saxon hrost loft, German Rost grid]

Roost (ruːst)
the Roost a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
[C16: from Old Norse röst]

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. hrost "wooden framework of a roof, perch," from a Gmc. source, related to O.S. hrost, M.Du., Flem., Du. roest, roost "framework of a roof," O.N. hrot, Goth. hrot "roof." Exact relationship and ulterior connections unknown. The verb is from 1530. To rule the roost is recorded from 1769.
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Idioms & Phrases

come home to roost

see chickens come home to roost.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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