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a civil question deserves a civil answer

If someone asks a reasonable question, then it warrants an answer. Often used as a reprimand. Why won't you answer me, Alice? A civil question deserves a civil answer! All Jim did was ask about your day. Come on, a civil question deserves a civil answer.

deserve a medal

To warrant recognition for persevering through a challenging or tedious situation. This phrase is usually used humorously. Our realtor deserves a medal for putting up with all of our questions today.
See also: deserve, medal

deserve better from (someone or something)

To warrant better treatment from someone or something than one is currently receiving. I'm sorry, but you deserve better from your husband—he shouldn't speak to you so rudely. With how hard you work every day, you deserve better from your employer.
See also: better, deserve

deserve credit for (someone or something)

To warrant recognition for something that one has done. Howie is the one who deserves credit for how successful our presentation was—he stayed late every day this week to work on it.
See also: credit, deserve

one good turn deserves another

A favor or good deed should be repaid in kind. You were a lifesaver for us when we needed a babysitter last week, so I'm happy to help now—one good turn deserves another, after all.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

get what (one) deserves

To be deserving of the bad things that happen to one, usually because of one's past misdeeds. Don't worry, that bully will get what she deserves—just give it time.
See also: deserve, get, what

none but the brave deserve the fair

Only those who are courageous and unafraid of failure will find success. It's risky, sure, but the money we stand to make from the move is too good to pass up. Come on, none but the brave deserve the fair!
See also: brave, but, deserve, fair, none

deserve better from someone or something

to merit better treatment from someone. We deserve better from someone who is supposed to be our friend. I deserve better from Bill.
See also: better, deserve

deserve credit for something

[for someone] to be owed recognition for doing something. He certainly deserves credit for the work he did on the project.
See also: credit, deserve

None but the brave deserve the fair.

Prov. Only a courageous and gallant man deserves a beautiful woman.; Only the best deserves the best. Stop making excuses and just call Gina. None but the brave deserve the fair.
See also: brave, but, deserve, fair, none

One good turn deserves another.

Prov. If someone does you a favor, you should do a favor for that person in return. Jill: Thanks for the ride. Jane: It's the least I can do after you helped me wash the car last week. One good turn deserves another. Child: I don't want to help Grandma go shopping. Father: But she helped you with your homework yesterday. And one good turn deserves another.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

one good turn deserves another

A favor should be returned in kind, as in I'll give you a ride next time-one good turn deserves another. This maxim was first recorded about 1400, and the converse, One bad turn deserves another, about 1500.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

one good turn deserves another

if someone does you a favour, you should take the chance to repay it.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

ˌget what you deˈserve

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deˌserve all/everything you ˈget

(informal) used to say that you think somebody has earned the bad things that happen to them: I’m not sorry he’s in prison. In my opinion, he got what he deserved.
See also: deserve, get, what

he, she, etc. deˌserves a ˈmedal

(spoken) used to say that you admire somebody because they have done something difficult or unpleasant: You deserve a medal for what you’ve done for him over the years.
See also: deserve, medal

ˌone good ˌturn deserves aˈnother

(saying) if somebody helps you with something, you should help them in return
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn

one good turn deserves another

I owe you for the favor you did me previously. This adage, usually said by a person returning a favor, dates as far back as ca. 1400, appearing in a Latin manuscript of that period, and by the mid-sixteenth century it was part of John Heywood’s proverb collection.
See also: another, deserve, good, one, turn
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Despite claiming a record 97 points in finishing Premier League runners-up and coming back from the dead against Barcelona, the Scot insists they will only deserve something from their season if they manage to see off Tottenham.
It simply means that he should be given justice that he deserves. I can comment without fear that justice should also include treatment similar to that which his predecessors have been given.
While one-third of Republicans say most members of Congress deserve to serve another term, fewer Democrats and independents agree.
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HIBS manager Alan Stubbs claimed Falkirk did not deserve their 1-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over his side at Hampden Park.
They all do such a fantastic job, they really are all angels in there and don't always get the recognition they so truly deserve. These nurses are so dedicated and they make such a stressful time easier to deal with."
Now, for all those who condemn the coalition and particularly Iain Duncan Smith for cutting payments, can they let me know how they would decide who deserves to be paid, and a what level of entitlement they deserve?
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His wife Marina is also wonderful and she in her own right deserves to be a Dame for all the amazing work she has done in Liverpool and beyond, raising money for the fight against cancer and beginning her own charity to open a cancer unit.
They feel that the Chelsea football player is holding Cheryl, 26, back, and that he does not deserve her especially after it emerged that naked snaps of Ashley, 29, ended up on a glamour girl's phone.arah Harding, 28, is said to be "furious" while fellow bandmates Nadine Coyle, 24, Kimberley Walsh, 28, and Nicola Roberts, 24, said Ashley "didn't deserve" her.
Still, Boomers deserve a lot of credit, and Steinhorn does a matchless job of dishing it out.
Scholars with the knowledge of ancient Greek literature, epigraphic texts, and papyri needed for lexicography are few indeed; when one adds to that the requisite knowledge of the scholarly literature on the New Testament since 1800, all of which Fred Danker has, he is a rara avis indeed, and highly deserves this token of respect and admiration from other well-known scholars of ancient Greek.
Unfortunately, this is not the biography Walker deserves. Walker, born to an ex-slave mother and white father, became one of this nation's wealthiest self made women and the first to charter a bank.
Shearer was superb all afternoon and deserved his goals but Ameobi also deserves a mention for his performance which was top drawer.
My mum deserves this because she looks after me and loves me and I love her and this is a way to show that.