just deserts

just deserts

Meaning | Synonyms

  • get what one deserves
  • punishment or reward that is considered to be what the recipient deserved
  • what you deserve
  • what’s coming to you
  • retribution
  • a punishment or reward

Example Sentences

  1. After the supervisor was suspended, many workers felt that he got his just deserts.
  2. He killed my innocent bird, but got his just deserts when he was beaten by somebody for abusing.
  3. Our neighbor Mr. Jones got just deserts when he was left helpless in need by her wife, he never ever respected her.
  4. Sarah has got no sympathy for her son and husband, she got his just deserts.
  5. The criminals must always receive their just desserts.
  6. Be patience – those who cheated you will get their just deserts one day.
  7. Those who work honestly will receive their just desserts.


1275–1325; Middle English < Old French deserte.

Possible Confusion:
In fact its deserts, not desserts
The idiom is frequently reasonably written just desserts. Using just desserts is not an error, and it is much more common than just deserts in 21st-century texts.

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“At the end of the book the child’s true identity is discovered, and the bad guys get their just deserts.”

- canilecanan May 27, 2021

Ummm … it’s desserts …. With two “ss “ …. Desert is the hot sandy place with an oasis …. Like the Sahara.

- Photog May 21, 2021

Nice but wanted more sentences. Though, the meaning of this idiom comes out correctly in each sentences.

Rekha Bhowmik.
Thank you.

- Rekha Bhowmik May 23, 2019

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