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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Let's hope the parliamentary probe committee will do its job thoroughly and those responsible will receive their just desserts.
He had been at pains to stress in his programme notes that County did not receive their just desserts following defeats by Newcastle and Liverpool, but they made up for it with this 90 minutes of sustained effort.
Cathy Leslie, a veteran purveyor of e-cookbooks and winner of multiple local cooking awards and prizes believes it's high time for the really great chefs of America, those who prepare meals for their families everyday, to receive their just desserts.