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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Obviously I understood the thinking behind Sunderland's defensive approach, but they were far and away the most negative side I've seen at Old Trafford for a very long time and in the end they received their just desserts.
In a few days we'll be contemplating another New Year's list of plodders and timeservers, civil servants, business tycoons, superannuated TV personalities and flash-in-the-pan sporting heroes who have received their just desserts, to a greater or lesser extent, by being presented with a gong or title of some kind.
Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy reckons his young steeds haven't received their just desserts, and while that's as maybe, life in the harsh reality of the Premier League demands that during times of territorial supremacy a percentage of chances that arise must be taken.
THREE colleagues received their just desserts after notching up seven decades of service in the same company restaurant.
Pompey have not received their just desserts in recent weeks, deserving to beat Palace and Norwich, but having to settle for unsatisfactory draws in both instances.
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