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receive (one's) just deserts
To receive that which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavorable outcome. (Note: The phrase is often misspelled as "just desserts," due to the pronunciation of "deserts" and "desserts" being the same in this context.) The CEO cheated his clients out of nearly $4 million, but he received his just deserts when he was stripped of everything he owned and sent to prison.
An accent of British English derived from that of the British upper class in the early 20th century. It is commonly used in public broadcasting, as well as in schools such as Oxford and Cambridge. If you want people to take you seriously, you need to lose your country accent and adopt the Received Pronunciation. Studying at Cambridge has caused me to start speaking in the Received Pronunciation.
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receive (someone or something) with open arms
1. To greet someone very happily and eagerly; to give someone a very warm, enthusiastic welcome. When my brother left for the military, he and I didn't really get along too well, but now that he's coming home, I can't wait to receive him with open arms. It was a little intimidating starting a new job at such a large firm, but everyone there received me with open arms.
2. To be very pleased and enthusiastic about something, especially that which is new or unexpected. The President has announced a reversal on his controversial policy, and many people are receiving the news with open arms.
the received wisdom
Common knowledge that is held to be true, but may not be. The received wisdom says to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that doesn't reflect current medical practice.