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The meaning of "just deserts"

" Just deserts "
Meaning:
The result which is deserved. A reward for what has been done - good or bad.
Example:
The British paedophile Jimmy Saville abused hundreds of victims but died before the truth came out. Some say he evaded his just deserts.
Where did it originate?:
Britain - 13th century. (note: the spelling is 'deserts', not 'desserts'.
Where is it used?:
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