[ roost ]
/ rust /
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.
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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.
Origin of roost
before 1100; Middle English roost (noun), Old English hrōst; cognate with Middle Dutch roest
Related formsun·roost·ed, adjectiveun·roost·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for come home to roost (1 of 2)
/ (ruːst) /
a place, perch, branch, etc, where birds, esp domestic fowl, rest or sleep
a temporary place to rest or stay
rule the roost See rule (def. 20)
(intr) to rest or sleep on a roost
(intr) to settle down or stay
come home to roost to have unfavourable repercussions
Word Origin for roost
Old English hrōst; related to Old Saxon hrost loft, German Rost grid
British Dictionary definitions for come home to roost (2 of 2)
/ (ruːst) /
the Roost a powerful current caused by conflicting tides around the Shetland and Orkney Islands
Word Origin for Roost
C16: from Old Norse röst
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Idioms and Phrases with come home to roost (1 of 2)
come home to roost
see chickens come home to roost.
Idioms and Phrases with come home to roost (2 of 2)
see chickens come home to roost; rule the roost.
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