just deserts

Definition of just deserts

formal
:the punishment that one deserves
  • We all want to see this criminal get his just deserts.

Word by Word Definitions

just play
  1. : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable

  2. : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper

  3. : faithful to an original

  1. : exactly, precisely

  2. : very recently

  3. : by a very small margin : barely

  1. : archaic variant of joust

desert play deserts
  1. : arid land with usually sparse vegetation

  2. : an area of water apparently devoid of life

  3. : a wild uninhabited and uncultivated tract

  1. : desolate and sparsely occupied or unoccupied

  2. : of or relating to a desert (see 1desert)

  3. : forsaken

  1. : the quality or fact of meriting reward or punishment

  2. : deserved reward or punishment

  3. : excellence, worth

  1. : to withdraw from or leave usually without intent to return

  2. : to leave in the lurch

  3. : to abandon (military service) without leave


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