A deserved punishment or reward, as in He got his just deserts when Mary jilted him. This idiom employs desert in the sense of “what one deserves,” a usage dating from the 1300s but obsolete except in this expression.
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These “Book of Eli” deserts are where the imagined, however bizarre or hideous, can turn undeniably real.
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They soared along the faces of mountains, over deserts, and out along city streets.
There, abandoned “ghost towns” populate the prairie fields and deserts, serving as a reminder of a not-so-distant past.
And the lambs shall feed according to their order, and strangers shall eat the deserts turned into fruitfulness.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
A beau highwayman and a miserable chimney sweeper were to be hanged together at Newgate for their respective deserts.
Again, a husband who drives his wife away from him by his misconduct deserts her as clearly as if he had left her.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
No, give me deserts or precipices,—anything fixed and solid is better than this capricious, ever-changing sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
It was not a place of trade, and was distant a hundred leagues from Chaldæa, and deserts lay between.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)