[kuhm-uhp-uh ns] /ˌkʌmˈʌp əns/
deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant:
He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior.
(informal) just retribution
also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up “present oneself for judgment before a tribunal” + -ance.
A deserved chastening, esp some event that checks a wrongdoer; just desserts (1958+)
- Come up short
verb phrase To be deficient; not add up to what it ought: Shelton slugged 15 aces, but the rest of his game came up short (1980s+)
- Come up smelling like a rose
verb phrase To have extraordinarily good luck; emerge from peril with profit [1950s+; fr the traditional image of the happy person who ”falls in the shitpile and comes up smelling like a rose”]
- Come up to the wire
verb phrase To approach the finish; come near the end: The crucial project is coming up to the wire and we’re a bit nervous [1970s+; fr the wire that marks the finish line of a race]
- Come within an ace
verb phrase To come very near to doing something, winning something, etc: She came within an ace of getting the world title [1704+; probably a version of the 13th-century term within ambs ace, ”very close to,” ambs ace being the lowest point in dice, two ones or snake-eyes, fr Old French fr Latin ambas as, […]