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

Definition of comeuppance 

: a deserved rebuke or penalty : deserts One of these days, he'll get his comeuppance for treating people so arrogantly.

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One of these days, he'll get his comeuppance for treating people so arrogantly. 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

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By Tuesday, the Aquarius affair had erupted into full-blown sniping among allies, as four European governments traded mutual recriminations, reproaches and comeuppances. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Scorned Migrant Boat Exposes Raw Feelings Among European Allies," 13 June 2018 The story had instantly made local headlines, with many playing up the angle of an out-of-control scion of privilege headed for a comeuppance on a biblical scale. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 But where others saw Uber’s travails as a symbol of Silicon Valley comeuppance, Khosrowshahi saw something less loaded: a sophisticated tech company that had taken on too much, too quickly, and whose systems groaned under the weight and confusion. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber's New Direction: Move Slow and Test Things," 19 Apr. 2018 If Byron’s comeuppance might seem to fall a bit short, especially in the face of the #MeToo movement, Virginia’s struggle to access her voice and her agency does not. Meg Medina, New York Times, "Dark Magic and Other Escapes in These Summer Y.A. Novels," 1 June 2018 His every move was monitored by three accusers who were not called as witnesses but lined up everyday for seats in the back of the courtroom in hopes of seeing Cosby’s comeuppance. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "Bill Cosby convicted on three counts of sexual assault," 26 Apr. 2018 Some see this as deserved comeuppance for a politicised decision to oppose the merger. The Economist, "AT&T and Time Warner are cleared to merge," 14 June 2018 The Waterfords get some comeuppance after Luke uploads the Jezebel's letters. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 By now, Koryta fans well know how satisfying his comeuppances are. Lloyd Sachs,, "Crime fiction to heat up your summer reading list," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of comeuppance

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comeuppance

come up + -ance

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English Language Learners Definition of comeuppance

: punishment that someone deserves to receive

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