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just deserts

That which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavorable outcome. Usually used in the phrase "get/receive one's just deserts." (Note: The phrase is often misspelled as "just desserts," due to the pronunciation of "deserts" and "desserts" being the same in this context.) The CEO cheated his clients out of nearly $4 million, but he got his just deserts when he was stripped of everything he owned and sent to prison.
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just deserts

A deserved punishment or reward, as in He got his just deserts when Mary jilted him. This idiom employs desert in the sense of "what one deserves," a usage dating from the 1300s but obsolete except in this expression.
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As Nancy Pelosi swears in as America's first female Democratic Whip, Bay Area confectioner Just Desserts has shown its support by delivering more than 450 of its Classic American Cakes to every member of the House and other leaders in the Capitol.
Straight from the heart of San Francisco, Just Desserts has deep roots in the American city best known for culinary excellence and progressive politics.
Having just signed the business documents on April 1, two celebrated San Francisco traditions -- Just Desserts and Tassajara Bakery -- will symbolically become one as Abbott Reb Anderson of the San Francisco Zen Center performs a traditional Zen Ceremony of "new beginnings," Saturday, May 2, 1992, 1 p.
Michael Wenger, president of the San Francisco Zen Center, and Elliot Hoffman, president of Just Desserts, will be on hand during the afternoon celebration.
With a motto of "Changing the world -- one cake at a time," San Francisco's beloved local dessert company Just Desserts has moved across the Bay this month into a new 65,000-square-foot bakery plant with the intent of becoming the leading purveyor of all-natural super-premium "American Classic" cakes.
The first Just Desserts cake of Oakland origin will roll off the decorating line this month and will head straight for the brand-new $500,000 flash freezer unit as part of the company's launch of its new wholesale "thaw/sell" in-store bakery product line to grocery stores across the country.