serve one right
phrasal to be deserved

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • serve one right — phrasal : to deal with one as he deserves : be the just or fitting return for what one is or does they served him right for his thieving felt that his disgrace served him right it serves you right for trying to break into line …   Useful english dictionary

  • serve one right — {v. phr.} To be what (someone) really deserves as a punishment; be a fair exchange for what (someone) has done or said or failed to do or say. * /He failed his exam; it served him right because he had not studied./ * /Bob said it served Sally… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • serve one right — {v. phr.} To be what (someone) really deserves as a punishment; be a fair exchange for what (someone) has done or said or failed to do or say. * /He failed his exam; it served him right because he had not studied./ * /Bob said it served Sally… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • serve one right — idi to constitute someone s fair and just punishment, as for improper or stupid behavior …   From formal English to slang

  • To serve one right — Serve Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • serve someone right — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. deserve it, have it coming*, be fair, get one s dues, be rightly served, do justice to, do the right thing by, give the devil his due*; see also deserve …   English dictionary for students

  • serve smb right — get the punishment or results that one deserves He never studies at all so it serves him right to fail his exam …   Idioms and examples

  • To serve one out — Serve Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To serve one's self of — Serve Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serve — Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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