Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

come back to haunt (sb)

come back to haunt somebody
Meaning(s)
1) cause problems for somebody in the future
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    • I hope that decision doesn't come back to haunt you
  • Analysis

    This expression refers to a past situation, decision, or action that can have repercussions which cause problems for somebody in the present or future. Often when these consequences eventually manifest themselves, it is too late to do anything about them. It is therefore often associated with regret. The term is common in both a social and professional context and is similar to the slang expression 'come back to bite you in the ass.'


  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Failing to take proper care of my body when I was younger was an error that came back to haunt me in old age.
    2. The politician's controversial interview ten years ago has come back to haunt him now that he is running to be Prime Minister.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It was a risky decision to turn down that deal. I just hope it doesn't come back to haunt you.
    2. Mark my words, the way our boss treats her employees will come back to haunt her one day. What goes around comes around.
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