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a civil question deserves a civil answer

If someone asks a reasonable question, then it warrants an answer. Often used as a reprimand. Why won't you answer me, Alice? A civil question deserves a civil answer! All Jim did was ask about your day. Come on, a civil question deserves a civil answer.

deserve better from someone or something

to merit better treatment from someone. We deserve better from someone who is supposed to be our friend. I deserve better from Bill.
See also: better, deserve

deserve credit for something

[for someone] to be owed recognition for doing something. He certainly deserves credit for the work he did on the project.
See also: credit, deserve

None but the brave deserve the fair.

Prov. Only a courageous and gallant man deserves a beautiful woman.; Only the best deserves the best. Stop making excuses and just call Gina. None but the brave deserve the fair.
See also: brave, but, deserve, fair, none

One good turn deserves another.

Prov. If someone does you a favor, you should do a favor for that person in return. Jill: Thanks for the ride. Jane: It's the least I can do after you helped me wash the car last week. One good turn deserves another. Child: I don't want to help Grandma go shopping. Father: But she helped you with your homework yesterday. And one good turn deserves another.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

deserve a medal

  (humorous)
if you say that someone deserves a medal, you mean that you admire them for dealing with such a difficult situation or person for so long (never in continuous tenses; often + for ) She deserves a medal for putting up with that husband of hers.
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One good turn deserves another.

something that you say which means if someone does something to help you, you should do something to help them He fixed my bike so I let him use my computer. One good turn deserves another.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

one good turn deserves another

A favor should be returned in kind, as in I'll give you a ride next time-one good turn deserves another. This maxim was first recorded about 1400, and the converse, One bad turn deserves another, about 1500.
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so that deserving persons could earn their livelihood honourably.
1020 million for the deserving boy and girl students receiving training in 1885 vocational training institutes under Punjab Vocational Training Council under the head of educational scholarships technical, 81.
He appealed to philanthropists people to put their share in this noble cause and supplement the government efforts for the welfare of deserving persons.
The things Kenny Dalglish has done go far beyond anything a football manager should have to do and so, yes, he is very much deserving of a knighthood.
Americans became somewhat less likely to say Clinton was deserving of re-election over the course of 1994.
But now the 31-year-old, expecting a child with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, has been voted the least deserving recipient of a Best Actress gong, followed by Halle Berry for Monster's Ball and Cher for Moonstruck.
But now the 31-year-old has been voted the least deserving recipient of a best actress Oscar, followed by Halle Berry for Monster's Ball and Cher for Moonstruck.
Readers of Total Film magazine voted Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the Least Deserving Best Picture.
MOST DESERVING ARTIST/BAND: Destiny's Child/Toploader
However, supervisors must remember that individual acts deserving of praise make up only a small part of an employee's total performance.
TV, computers, and the Internet Democratize our sins, so that The smallest child may have a dirty mind, And this is progress for our kind, Enriching those who most deserve to be Enriched, leaving in poverty The ones who're most deserving to be poor.
The liberal interest in rehabilitation and the conservative penchant for punishment are closely linked to these opposing stances-one of which understands the individual as the potentially malleable product of outside factors, while the other insists that persons, at bottom, are self-made, hence deserving of just rewards and punishments.
Teachers of Spanish history and of imperial and naval history will welcome the belated paperback appearance of Carla Phillips' Six Galleons for the King of Spain, a deserving prizewinner in its hardcover incarnation.
BOSTON -- Aerosmith's official Aero Force One fan club is on a mission to find Aerosmith's "Most Deserving Fan
The council gave approval to Rs 1020 million for the deserving boy and girl students receiving training in 1885 vocational training institutes under Punjab Vocational Training Council under the head of educational scholarships technical, Rs 81.