One in the eye for somebody/something - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
one in the eye for somebody/something
one in the eye for
A disappointment or misfortune for someone. Typically used to describe how one is negatively impacted by someone else's actions. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jenny's success at her new company is one in the eye for her old boss. I'm your mother—of course your bad grades are one in the eye for me!
one in the eye for a disappointment or setback for someone or something, especially one that is perceived as being well deserved.
one in the eye for somebody/something (informal) a result, an action, etc. that represents a defeat or disappointment for somebody/something: The appointment of a woman was one in the eye for male domination.