One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be worthy of good (or bad) treatment at the hands of.
- ‘We hope that you will agree that she has, indeed, served us well and deserves well of us in return.’
- ‘All honor to the volunteers of the Confederacy - they deserve well of their country.’
- ‘In ancient Greece a crown of olive-twigs was the highest distinction of a citizen who had deserved well of his country.’
- ‘‘Zola’, he said, ‘deserves well of his country for not having lost faith in its ability to rule by law’ and concluded, ‘he was a moment in the history of human conscience.’’
- ‘The names of those who deserve well of their country would swell this report to too great dimensions.’
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