Meaning of roost

roost

Pronunciation: (rst), [key]
— n.
  1. a perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.
  2. a large cage, house, or place for fowls or birds to roost in.
  3. a place for sitting, resting, or lodging.
  4. to be in charge or control; dominate: It was only too apparent that his grandfather ruled the roost.
—v.i.
  1. to sit or rest on a roost, perch, etc.
  2. to settle or stay, esp. for the night.
  3. (of an action) to revert or react unfavorably to the doer; boomerang: an evil deed that came home to roost and ruined his life.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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