just deserts

 Not desserts. The expression has nothing to do with the sweet course after dinner. It comes from the French for deserve, which may help you to remember that it has just one middle s. Juvenal. (c. 60–c. 140) Roman poet; full name Decimus Junius Juvenalis.

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  • just deserts — If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • just deserts — index discipline (punishment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • just deserts — noun A punishment or reward that is considered to be what the recipient deserved. It may appear that theyre getting ahead by cheating, but theyll get their just deserts in the end. Syn: payback, poetic justice, comeuppance …   Wiktionary

  • just deserts —    If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Just deserts —   If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • just deserts — Meaning The receipt of a fair punishment for ills you have created. Origin Note the single s in deserts. It is more often given with two as it is pronounced like desserts (the sweet course at the end of a meal) rather than deserts (arid sandy… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • just deserts —    not desserts. The expression has nothing to do with the sweet course after dinner. It comes from the French for deserve, which may help you to remember that it has just one middle s …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • Just deserts — …   Wikipedia

  • just deserts — noun an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically) • Syn: ↑poetic justice • Hypernyms: ↑result, ↑resultant, ↑final result, ↑outcome, ↑termination …   Useful english dictionary

  • just deserts / just desserts —    Just deserts are what you deserve (desert = that which is deserved ).    Just desserts are a fair reward for eating all your dinner as well as a common misspelling of just deserts …   Confused words

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