Definition of deserts noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːts//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrts//
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Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French desert, from deservir ‘serve well’, from Latin deservire ‘serve well or zealously’.Idioms
somebody’s (just) deserts
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what somebody deserves, especially when it is something bad The family of the victim said that the killer had got his just deserts when he was jailed for life.
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