[Phrases] Chickens Come Home To Roost

Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!

Literally, the meaning of this phrase is that chickens come home to have a rest.

The actual meaning is that “one’s previous actions will eventually have consequences or cause problems for oneself”.

There are some other interesting phrases about “chicken”. Follow me to learn about them!


1. count your chickens before they’re hatched

To celebrate, plan, or begin to take advantage of a potential positive future outcome before it has happened or been accomplished.

You’re preparing your acceptance speech before even being nominated? Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.

Why are you begging to drive my car to school tomorrow when you still need to take your license test? Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched, babe!

2. like a chicken with its head cut off

With great haste and in a careless or senseless manner.

Instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, make a list of items you need to finish and then work on them in order.

3. be up with the chickens

To be awake at a particularly early hour, especially at or before sunrise

No, thank you, I won’t have another drink. I have to be up with the chickens tomorrow.

Ma is up with the chickens every day to prepare breakfast for the farmhands.

4. be running around like a headless chicken

To be acting with great haste and in a careless and/or senseless manner

Before I made a list of the things that I needed to finish, I was running around like a headless chicken.

Instead of running round like a headless chicken, try to use your efforts in a more productive way.

5. chicken out of something

To refuse to do something due to fear

Jumping off the high-dive is fun! Don’t chicken out of it now!

I didn’t chicken out of anything, I just changed my mind, OK?


That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases that you like! That will help you to remember them.

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