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comeuppance

[ kuhm-uhp-uhns ]
/ ˌkʌmˈʌp əns /
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noun Informal.

deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior.

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Origin of comeuppance

1855–60, Americanism; from phrase come up + -ance
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comeuppance
/ (ˌkʌmˈʌpəns) /

noun

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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