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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.
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deserving cause

A cause that merits attention, aid, or action due to an inherent goodness of values or intention. The lawyer decided to waive her fees because she felt that the young man's case was a deserving cause.
See also: cause, deserving
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He said another purpose of its establishment is to feed the deserving people and served them respectfully.
He said that PBM was operating 150 schools, 40 sweet homes and 150 women empowerment centers in the country providing best education and entrepreneur facilities to the deserving people.
Two hundred food packages each were also distributed among the deserving people in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Sunday and Monday respectively.
As per Pakistan Medical and Dental Council regulations, 20 per cent of the total bed strength has been fixed for deserving and the poor.
The Minister said that all payments have been made through mobile phone service on quarterly basis by organizing the department on modern lines due to which the payments have been made to the deserving people nearest to their home in a transparent and honorable manner.
Americans became somewhat less likely to say Clinton was deserving of re-election over the course of 1994.
But now the 31-year-old has been voted the least deserving recipient of a best actress Oscar, followed by Halle Berry for Monster's Ball and Cher for Moonstruck.
Readers of Total Film magazine voted Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the Least Deserving Best Picture.
The problem with the concept of `deserving' is that it necessarily implies that there are some who are not deserving.
MOST DESERVING ARTIST/BAND: Destiny's Child/Toploader
However, supervisors must remember that individual acts deserving of praise make up only a small part of an employee's total performance.
The liberal interest in rehabilitation and the conservative penchant for punishment are closely linked to these opposing stances-one of which understands the individual as the potentially malleable product of outside factors, while the other insists that persons, at bottom, are self-made, hence deserving of just rewards and punishments.
If we were to learn otherwise we would not hold him to be deserving of blame.
Teachers of Spanish history and of imperial and naval history will welcome the belated paperback appearance of Carla Phillips' Six Galleons for the King of Spain, a deserving prizewinner in its hardcover incarnation.
ISLAMABAD -- Women Welfare Development Center (WWDC) in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCER) Pakistan has started new vocational courses for deserving women.