you’ve made your bed


you’ve made your bed, now lie in it

or you’ve made your bed , you’ll have to lie in it


  • to make a decision and to accept the consequences of those decisions
  • to have  done something in the past which is either good or bad and to bear the ramifications of it
  • to accept and bear the repugnant results of the deeds committed by oneself

Example Sentences

  1. Don’t come back when it is all over and you have nowhere to go. Once you’ve made your bed , you’ll have to lie in it.
  2. You can’t go back to them when this does not work out. I’m warning you because you’ve made your bed and you’ll have to lie in it.
  3. My mother always told me to make the right choices because once you make your bed, you have to lie in it.
  4. The mistakes you made are all yours. You’ve made your bed and now lie in it.
  5. You could have only looked out for her, you couldn’t have chosen her life for her. She has made her bed and she’ll have to lie in it. There is nothing you can do about it.
  6. Having cheated on his wife of 25 years, David knew he had made a mistake but he also knew he had made his bed and would have to lie in it.


The origin of this idiom isn’t known yet.

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