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comeuppance

Retribution that one deserves. Don't worry, she'll get her comeuppance—it's only so long until people see through her act.

get (one's) comeuppance

To receive retribution. Don't worry, she'll get her comeuppance—you can't gossip about people without them doing the same to you eventually.
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get one's comeuppance

to get a deserved punishment. I can't wait till that snobbish girl gets her comeuppance. Joe got his comeuppance when the teacher caught him making fun of her.
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get one's comeuppance

Receive the treatment one deserves, especially punishment or retribution. For example, She behaved badly, but I'm sure she'll get her comeuppance soon. The exact relationship of comeuppance to the verb come up in its common senses-"rise" and "present itself"-is no longer clear. [Mid-1800s]
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get your comeˈuppance

(informal) receive a punishment for something bad that you have done and that other people feel you really deserve: I was glad to see that the bad guy got his comeuppance at the end of the movie.
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get one's comeuppance

Get one’s just deserts, get the retaliation one deserves. This term dates from the mid-1800s and features virtually the only use of the noun comeuppance. William Dean Howells used it in The Rise of Silas Lapham (1884): “Rogers is a rascal . . . but I guess he’ll find he’s got his comeuppance.”
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In the end, Kamal Nath requested Lord Mahakal to punish the Chief Minister as "comeuppance for his deeds."
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And Lucas finally gets his comeuppance when he's arrested.
I hope these morons (can't really call them people) get their comeuppance one day.
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Umbridge's comeuppance, when it finally arrives, drives home a different truth about the nature of authority: Power over people ultimately relies on their own compliance.
Who in literature could be more status-conscious than Vasari's borrowed Giotto, from whom a presumptuous consumer of no discernible lineage supposedly receives a richly deserved comeuppance? Even the illustrations in the 1568 edition of the Lives are themselves a visual reconstruction of artists as Vasari wished them to be remembered, as he simultaneously reshaped the collective identity and family memory of Renaissance art for future generations of historians and art historians.
For example, a pompous and insensitive young office worker is humanized when she gets her surprise comeuppance. It is also lightened by unexpected moments of comedy.
The reader is pleased when he receives the ultimate comeuppance. The professors in these stories seem confused and uneasy--like regular people!
An ordinary guy turns vigilante and finds his exploits glorified [in a newspaper in "Comeuppance," an enjoyable, well-worked out light comedy that just goes on a reel too long.