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comeuppance

noun come·up·pance \(ˌ)kəm-ˈə-pən(t)s\

: punishment that someone deserves to receive

Full Definition of COMEUPPANCE

:  a deserved rebuke or penalty :  deserts

Examples of COMEUPPANCE

  1. One of these days, he'll get his comeuppance for treating people so arrogantly.
  2. <as with many action movies, this one ends with a wild chase and an over-the-top fight sequence in which the bad guys finally get their comeuppance>

Origin of COMEUPPANCE

come up + -ance
First Known Use: 1859

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