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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Consequences - Effects

(Idioms page 1 :  answer for →  face the music)

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 situation.
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 unpleasant effects.
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 person.
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 unpleasant.
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 reputation.
The Finance Minister fell from grace as a result of a sex scandal.
   
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