have it/that coming
had it coming
Deserved it, often due to one's poor or foolish behavior. The phrase is used when one is unsympathetic to someone who has suffered a hardship. I'm not surprised to hear that Amy broke up with Jack—he was always so rude to her that he definitely he had it coming.
See also: coming
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have it coming
Deserve what one receives, as in You may not like being reprimanded, but you have to admit you had it coming, or When he won the Nobel Prize, everyone said he'd had it coming for a long time. [c. 1900]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
have it/that ˈcoming (to you)(informal) be about to experience something unpleasant, especially if you deserve it: He’s got a shock coming to him when he takes the exams and sees how difficult they are. ♢ He thinks he can break all the rules; but, believe me, he’s got it coming to him one day.
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