English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Consequences - Effects
(Idioms page 1 : answer for → face the
|answer for||If someone has to
answer for something, they have to
accept responsibility for their actions.
He will have to answer for his dishonesty.
|be that as it may||
This expression means that what the speaker
says may be true but it will not change the
OK. Fewer people may come because of the bad weather, but be that as it may, it's too late to cancel the show.
|can't make an omelette without breaking eggs||This expression
means that it is impossible to make
important changes without causing some
Some people will lose their jobs after the merger, but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
|change the face of something||When an innovation, discovery or event
changes the face of something, it
alters it completely or in a major way.
Social networks have changed the face of modern communication.
|chickens come home to roost||If you say that chickens have come
home to roost, you mean that bad or
embarrassing things done in the past by
someone are now causing problems for that
As tenants the couple were noisy and disorderly. Now they can't find a place to rent. The chickens have come home to roost!
|come to a bad end||If someone
comes to a bad end, their actions lead
to disastrous consequences which are
sometimes deserved or predictable.
If that boy doesn't change his ways, he'll come to a bad end.
|come with the territory||To say that
something comes with the territory
means that it has to be accepted as part of
a job or responsibility, even if it is
A successful actor has to expect intensive media coverage - that comes with the territory!
|come what may||If you declare that
you will do something come what may,
you are saying that you will do it whatever
the consequences may be.
Come what may, I'm going to tell my mother-in-law what I think of her!
|(get) comeuppance||When someone
gets their comeuppance, they receive
the treatment they deserve (usually
punishment or retribution) for their
behaviour or actions.
Any pupils found bullying the newcomers will soon get their comeuppance.
|cut both ways||Something that
cuts both ways has both a positive and
a negative effect at the same time.
Banning cars in the town centre can cut both ways : less traffic congestion but fewer customers in the shops.
|devil to pay||This is a way of announcing that there
will be trouble if something happens.
Be careful. There'll be the devil to pay if you break anything!
|even the score||When a person decides to even the
score, they try to get their revenge on
someone who has cheated or done them harm.
When Jack discovered that Bob had cheated, he was determined to even the score.
|face the music||If you have to face the music,
you have to accept the unpleasant
consequences of your actions.
He was caught stealing. Now he has to face the music.
|fall from grace||To say that someone has fallen from
grace means that they have done
something wrong, immoral or unacceptable,
and as a result have lost their good
The Finance Minister fell from grace as a result of a sex scandal.
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