Meaning of serve someone right in English:

serve someone right


  • Be someone's deserved punishment or misfortune.

    ‘it would serve you right if Jeff walked out on you’
    • ‘If you're dumb enough to walk into a sign it serves you right, you do not deserve money.’
    • ‘I had a head under the covers morning, following on and serving me right for my festive over-indulgence at dinner last night.’
    • ‘It serves them right for charging a ridiculous amount to park and for not ensuring the safety of our cars.’
    • ‘Their scheming, however, will backfire when they find themselves sidelined and excluded from any future debates on major world affairs and might I say - it serves them right!’
    • ‘I mean, it serves them right for including such a confusing item on their checklist, right?’
    • ‘Ah well… serves me right for trying to have a social life, right?’
    • ‘He was correct as usual, and it basically served me right.’
    • ‘Instead, he told me it served me right for looking to a place like that for self-affirmation.’
    • ‘Yes I know it would serve us right for our wastefulness and greed and selfishness and indifference to the lives of millions of people on this planet who have never enjoyed what we take for granted.’
    • ‘It would serve them right if they were shut down as a result of the same disregard for public opinion and democracy.’