To serve one right

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To serve one right to treat, or cause to befall one, according to his deserts; -- used commonly of ill deserts; as, it serves the scoundrel right .
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Usage

In literature:

She is so self-willed and independent too, that one is more minded to say it serves her right than pity her.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
Ef MY darter went gallivantin' around nights in one of them automobiles, it would serve her right to get locked up.
"The Scarlet Car" by Richard Harding Davis
No one has the right to flee from danger; no one can serve as a scapegoat.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
She baked and brewed as one who only asks The right to serve.
"Men, Women and Ghosts" by Amy Lowell
One gun on the right was still served by four men who refused to leave it.
"The Great Boer War" by Arthur Conan Doyle
It would serve him right were I to decamp by one of the windows before he comes back; but hark!
"The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Vol.6" by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
It would serve him right were I to decamp by one of the windows before he comes back; but hark!
"The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete" by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
The domed chapel upreared to the right of the gate was the fourth one to serve the palace.
"The Story of Versailles" by Francis Loring Payne
Well, one comfort is, you will be ready to blow your brains out six months after; and serve you right, too!
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
It serves me right to lose that one, because I have been so foolish.
"Among the Farmyard People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
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In poetry:

O Oum-Amr, you have prevented me from the cup
When it should have been moving to the right;
And yet the one of us three that you would not serve
Is not the least worthy.
"Moallaka - II" by Edward Powys Mathers