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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Gimme Me A Sign, Aggro and Had Enough all received their just deserts.
Then my feelings changed to delight that he and his friend had received their just deserts.
West Ham are rooted to the foot of the Premiership with just two points to show from their first four matches, but Redknapp insists they have played well every time and not received their just deserts.
It is reasonable to assume the Magic Sign have been influenced by the Cherries' modest away record but Mel Machin's men have often not received their just deserts on their travels.
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