(it) serves (someone) right

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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."

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