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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At the moment of death I proclaim that I harbour no hatred towards the German people and against anyone at all, everyone will receive their just deserts, will not last much longer," Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
Bishop William Skylstad and the majority of his priests will receive their just deserts.
Society, as well as the traumatized family members of their victims, has a right to demand that the most outrageous and fiendish of murderers receive their just deserts.
Trevor Francis insists his team did not receive their just deserts over Christmas and was livid when they lost to a controversial late goal at Blackburn on Boxing Day after they had battled their way back on to level terms.
Compared with other political parties there has, for as long as I can remember, been a higher proportion of Conservative MPs and supporters who have wanted legislation that would ensure convicted offenders receive their just deserts, but their views have never been allowed to prevail.
Even defendants who are returned to court rarely receive their just deserts.
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