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poetic justice

noun [U] uk   us  
an occasion when something bad happens to a person who seems to deserve it, usually because of bad things that person has done: What poetic justice that Brady has to go to court to plead to be allowed to die, just like his innocent victims pleaded to be allowed to live.
Translations of “poetic justice”
in Chinese (Traditional) 報應,應得的懲罰…
in Chinese (Simplified) 报应,应得的惩罚…
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