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get one's comeuppance

to get a deserved punishment. I can't wait till that snobbish girl gets her comeuppance. Joe got his comeuppance when the teacher caught him making fun of her.
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get your comeuppance

if you get your comeuppance, something bad happens to you as a result of something bad that you have done to someone else He'll get his comeuppance, you'll see. You can't treat people the way he does and not go unpunished in this world.
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get one's comeuppance

Receive the treatment one deserves, especially punishment or retribution. For example, She behaved badly, but I'm sure she'll get her comeuppance soon. The exact relationship of comeuppance to the verb come up in its common senses-"rise" and "present itself"-is no longer clear. [Mid-1800s]
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Titanic made up in special effects what it lacked in star power; Anatomy of a Blockbuster lures readers with the promise of a stern critical thumping for the box-office favorite, like those high-school movies in which the rich, arrogant kid gets a well-deserved comeuppance.
Finally the satanic supermarkets would get their comeuppance, disgruntled suppliers, farmers, small retailers, certain national newspapers and various critical academics decided.
My comeuppance came one morning years ago when I had been going through a period of spiritual dryness.
This tale about a devilish jackal that gets his comeuppance is retold charmingly by master storyteller Aardema and illustrated with brightly colored pictures from cover to cover.
Wynant, Robin Hughes, Estelle, Poule); and "The Masks" (1964) -- a macabre tale surrounding a dying man's inheritance, his greedy relatives and their final comeuppance (Robert Keith, Milton Selzer, Virginia Gregg, Brooke Hayward).
This week we catch up with Emmerdale's Dominic Power about being soap's latest serial killer and whether his character, Cameron, will ever get his comeuppance.
Some will believe Shiels has finally had his comeuppance after three years of talking out of turn.
And as for the Bard of Glynneath and his words - "We sympathised with an Englishman whose team was doomed to fail, so we gave him that last bottle that once held bitter ale" - we had a comeuppance after that for mocking the English just as the English have had comeuppances for mocking us.
Some are saying that after his sordid bed-hopping Woods deserves his comeuppance but I rather think he has had more than his fair share of come-uppances, the jammy b***d.
Most of the humour derives from pricking the balloon of self-indulgent behaviour that most people spend their late teens to early 30s bouncing around in and when Danbury invariably gets his comeuppance it's hard not to laugh - and wince at the same time.
MORE neighbourhood nuisances got their comeuppance yesterday.
A HUSBAND who wasted family savings for a farm on hookers and booze got his comeuppance when his wife chopped his head off.
I noticed traces of blood on the flagstones this week after a particularly noisy night and I suppose the rats gave it its comeuppance on the nose or paws - so I should now imagine that the owner knows whom the culprit is and, hopefully, takes some remedial action by perhaps letting it out in the day and keeping it in at night.
Anyone who might suggest that it is about time the selfish motorists in our city got some sort of comeuppance is clearly nothing but a cold-hearted cynic.
In a nutshell: Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and all the rest get their lively -- and, in some cases, well-deserved -- musical comeuppance.