This expression is similar to "what goes around, comes around" and basically means that the consequences of one's evil actions catch up in a negative way. The idea that a wrongful curse comes back to the one who curses as a "bird returns to its nest" dates back to the days of antiquity. However, it wasn't until the 19th Century that Robert Southey wrote that "curses are like a young chicken: they always come home to roost." Since then, the idea of evil men creating returns to their own door has been encapsulated in this expression.
Dude, you keep dealing drugs and you're going to get caught. When the chickens come home to roost, they will take your car, your house, and all your money!
by morpheus30 December 17, 2014
An expression that means that a person is about to pay for their mistakes or bad deeds, similar to "what goes around comes around".
The chickens are coming home to roost, Bobby Boucher. You'll reap the fruit of your selfish ways. You're gonna lose all your fancy foosball games, and you're gonna fail your big exam, because school is THE DEVIL!
by Nick D April 4, 2004
The idea that your wrongdoings and misdeeds have caught up with you and you must be held accountable. In context this can be applied in the first or third person.
Like my pops Mad Max had said, “The Chickens had come home to roost…” whatever the fuck that means… (J. Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street
by FartingBeer February 22, 2022