receive (one's) just deserts

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receive (one's) just deserts

To receive that which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavorable outcome. (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 received his just deserts when he was stripped of everything he owned and sent to prison.
See also: desert, just, receive
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It was telling that, after dutifully rising to their feet three times to acknowledge the applause, the players finally ignored the man with the baton, meaning he alone was forced to receive his just deserts.
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