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poetic justice

A punishment or unfavorable outcome that is particularly appropriate or ironic. The CEO of the cigarette manufacturer, who has long denied the health risks associated with smoking, just died of lung cancer—now isn't that poetic justice?
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poetic justice

appropriate, ideal, or ironic punishment. It was poetic justice that Jane won the race after Mary tried to get her banned from the race. The car thieves tried to steal a car with no gas. That's poetic justice.
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poetic justice

An outcome in which virtue is rewarded and evil punished, often in an especially appropriate or ironic manner. For example, It was poetic justice for the known thief to go to jail for the one crime he didn't commit . [Early 1700s]
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poetic justice

Poetic justice is when bad things happen to someone who deserves it. Perhaps his illness was some kind of poetic justice for having deceived so many for so long. Note: Occasionally people use poetic justice to describe something good that happens to someone who deserves it. If one can resolve several problems at once — ours as well as yours — it has a certain poetic justice.
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poetic justice

the fact of experiencing a fitting or deserved retribution for your actions.
This phrase is from Alexander Pope's satire The Dunciad: ‘Poetic Justice, with her lifted scale’.
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poetic ˈjustice

a punishment or reward that is deserved: If you ask me it’s poetic justice. He tried to get you fired, and now he’s lost his job himself.
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"My dad used to say, 'What goes around, comes around', so I think that was poetic justice, the penalty miss.
He said: "It would have been devastating to lose at that stage, but quite poetic justice I thought.
Worcester, MA, April 13, 2016 --(PR.com)-- A Vietnam War veteran's writing has earned recognition from Dog Ear Publishing, which presented its Award of Literary Excellence to his second novel, "Poetic Justice." The book is just the second this year to earn the company's literary award.
Groups are urged to bid for the pot of money seized from criminals in a move described as "poetic justice" by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick.
It is a double dose of poetic justice that for all its power and pounds sterling BP was too dumb to realize that Louisiana's Napoleonic-rooted civil code is notoriously crooked.
It is an intriguing story, filled with violence and, in some cases, redemption; in other cases, poetic justice. But in any event, the flood of drugs began and continues to this day.
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What's more, on Wednesday he also took down Virender Sehwag's record of India's fastest ODI century, smacking a round 100 not out in 52 balls, and it was only poetic justice that Kohli -- the Mr Dependable in Indian cricket -- was present at the other end as Rohit Sharma hit the winning runs.
The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city'' and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice.'' R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton follow with five nominations each.
EeIn a development that could be described as poetic justice, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, who has continuously said his country's electricity supply has improved, had his Easter message interrupted by power outage during a church service in Lagos on Sunday.
One, from North Cheam in London, described what happened to the youth, who was wearing a gas mask, as "poetic justice".
Locog chairman Lord Coe said it was "poetic justice" that the man happened to be sitting next to the Dutch judo star.
Ian, Cumbria Bad karma at Newbury Poetic justice for Newbury for the times genuine Flat racegoers have been faced with increased admission for live bands there.
Marc Jacobs will not do poetic justice to disgraced anti-Semite John Galliano and take over his post at Dior.
McCarthy said: "No, I wasn't looking for poetic justice, it wouldn't be bothering me where we were playing and who we beat, it was just a matter of getting the points."