comeuppance


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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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The reader is pleased when he receives the ultimate comeuppance.
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My comeuppance came one morning years ago when I had been going through a period of spiritual dryness.
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