(it) serves (someone) right

idiom

Definition of (it) serves (someone) right

used to say that someone who has behaved badly deserves a particular punishment, problem, etc.
  • "I hear his wife is divorcing him." "It serves him right after the way he's treated her."
  • "He won't even talk to me." " Serves you right for lying to him."

Word by Word Definitions

serve play serves
  1. : to be a servant

  2. : to do military or naval service

  3. : to assist a celebrant as server at mass

  1. : the act or action of putting the ball or shuttlecock in play in various games (such as volleyball, badminton, or tennis)

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

right play
  1. : righteous, upright

  2. : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

  3. : conforming to facts or truth : correct

  1. : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

  2. : something to which one has a just claim: such as

  3. : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. : according to right

  2. : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely

  3. : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. : to do justice to : redress the injuries of

  2. : justify, vindicate

  3. : avenge


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