Chickens come home to roost  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A person's past wrongdoings will return to negatively affect them.

Etymology

19th century. First attested as lies, like chickens, come home to roost, although the slightly later :"curses, like chickens, come home to roost" was more common. Both are often said to be Spanish or Turkish in origin. The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs notes that Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in The Parson's Tale: “And ofte tyme swich cursynge wrongfully retorneth agayn to hym that curseth, as a bryd that retorneth agayn to his owene nest.”

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