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What's a good translation for:

出来混的, 迟早要还的

What comes around, goes around?

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  • "还" (repay) refers to both "guilt you committed" and "favors other people did for you".
    – Henry HO
    Jul 27 '14 at 3:27
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I would say your "What comes around, goes around." is a good translation. Another idiom you can use is "You reap what you sow." The only small drawback with both is that they don't necessarily imply suffering justice/reprisal for criminal activity, as the Chinese phrase does. I say small drawback however, because with context that shouldn't generally be a problem.

A non-idiomatic translation could be: "When you lead a life of crime, sooner or later you have to pay your debts."

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Guilt will be punished sooner or later.

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  • I cannot see why there is a -1.
    – Xiaoge Su
    Jul 29 '14 at 21:26

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