receive (one's) just deserts

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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.
See also: desert, just, receive
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Like many of his family, Bill was so incensed he attended court hearings on the case and made sure he was there when Paula Cooper, who was tried as an adult, received her just deserts: the death penalty.
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