comeuppance

[kuhm-uhp-uh ns]
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Origin of comeuppance

1855–60, Americanism; from phrase come up + -ance
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Related Words for comeuppance

retribution, due, requital, recompense

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British Dictionary definitions for comeuppance

comeuppance

noun
  1. informal just retribution

Word Origin for comeuppance

C19: from come up (in the sense: to appear before a judge or court for judgment)
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Word Origin and History for comeuppance
n.

also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up "present oneself for judgment before a tribunal" + -ance.

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