see: come up , def. 4.
[kuhm-uhp-uh ns] /ˌkʌmˈʌp əns/ noun, Informal. 1. deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior. /ˌkʌmˈʌpəns/ noun 1. (informal) just retribution n. also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up “present oneself for judgment before a tribunal” + -ance. noun A deserved chastening, esp some event […]
- 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]