You Have Made Your Bed and Must Lie In It


You Have Made Your Bed and Must Lie In It: You must accept the consequences of your actions, however unpleasant.


This idiom can be delivered in a number of different ways without changing the meaning:

“You’ve made your bed; now you must lie in it!”

“You’ve made your bed so lie in it.”

“You’ve made your bed and now you have to lie in it.”

You have made your bed and must lie in it idiom meaning

Examples of Use

“I warned you not to go to him, Sarah. You’ve made your bed so now you have to lie in it.”

“I’m not going to bail you out this time. You made your bed; you’ll have to lie in it.”


Based on a French proverb dating from the 15th century, “Comme on faict son lict, on le treuve” which means “as one makes one’s bed, so one finds it.” It has been used in various forms in English since the 16th century, taking the general form of “as you make your bed, so you must lie in it.” The idiom alludes the original meaning of the proverb, but the ‘as’ has been removed. (Source)

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