comeuppance (n.) also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in come up "present oneself for judgment before a tribunal" + -ANCE (Cf. -ance).

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  • comeuppance — come up pance (k[u^]m [u^]p pans), n. An unpleasant experience a person endures, which is viewed by others as a just retribution for bad behavior; just deserts; as, the Senator took bribes for years, and finally got his comeuppance when he was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comeuppance — [n] deserved fate due, due reward, just deserts, just punishment, recompense, requital, retribution; concept 679 …   New thesaurus

  • comeuppance — ► NOUN informal ▪ a punishment or fate that someone deserves …   English terms dictionary

  • comeuppance — ☆ comeuppance [kum΄up′əns ] n. [< COME + UP1 + ANCE] Informal deserved punishment; retribution …   English World dictionary

  • Comeuppance — For the definition of the word, see Wiktionary:comeuppance. Comeuppance Studio album by Sphere3 Released 2002 Genre …   Wikipedia

  • comeuppance — n. (colloq.) well deserved misfortune to get one s comeuppance * * * [ˌkʌm ʌpəns] (colloq.) [ well deserved misfortune ] to get one s comeuppance …   Combinatory dictionary

  • comeuppance — [[t]kʌ̱mʌ̱pəns[/t]] also come uppance N SING: usu poss N (approval) If you say that someone has got their comeuppance, you approve of the fact that they have been punished or have suffered for something wrong that they have done. [INFORMAL] The… …   English dictionary

  • comeuppance — [kam”apants] n. a well deserved rebuke. □ He finally got the comeuppance that he’s needed for so long. □ I gave her a comeuppance she’ll never forget …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • comeuppance — /kum up euhns/, n. Informal. deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior. [1855 60, Amer.; from phrase come up + ANCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • comeuppance — noun /kʌmˈʌpəns/ An outcome which is justly deserved (and invariably unpleasant). So when Browns second wife turned out a reglar ternygrunt, I want in no wise upset, for he needed a comeuppance, an he got it in her. Syn: just deserts …   Wiktionary

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