Definition of serve someone right in US English:

serve someone right

phrase

  • Be someone's deserved punishment or misfortune.

    ‘it would serve you right if Jeff walked out on you’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, he told me it served me right for looking to a place like that for self-affirmation.’
    • ‘I had a head under the covers morning, following on and serving me right for my festive over-indulgence at dinner last night.’
    • ‘I mean, it serves them right for including such a confusing item on their checklist, right?’
    • ‘He was correct as usual, and it basically served me right.’
    • ‘It serves them right for charging a ridiculous amount to park and for not ensuring the safety of our cars.’
    • ‘Ah well… serves me right for trying to have a social life, right?’
    • ‘If you're dumb enough to walk into a sign it serves you right, you do not deserve money.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘It would serve them right if they were shut down as a result of the same disregard for public opinion and democracy.’