To deserve a particular consequence or benefit. A: "Why did you fight with that kid in the school yard?" B: "Because he's a bully to everyone else! He had it coming."You had this raise coming for a long time, with all the work you've done for our department.See also: coming, have
have something coming (to one)
to deserve punishment (for something). Bill broke a window, so he has a spanking coming to him.That's it, Bill. Now you've got it coming!See also: coming, have
have it coming
Deserve what one receives, as in You may not like being reprimanded, but you have to admit you had it coming, or When he won the Nobel Prize, everyone said he'd had it coming for a long time. [c. 1900] See also: coming, have
have it/that ˈcoming (to you)
(informal) be about to experience something unpleasant, especially if you deserve it: He’s got a shock coming to him when he takes the exams and sees how difficult they are. ♢ He thinks he can break all the rules; but, believe me, he’s got it coming to him one day.See also: coming, have, that
have (something) coming
To deserve what one receives: You had that reprimand coming for a very long time.See also: coming, haveSee also:
deserve a punishment He really has it coming to him after causing the problems in the company.
have it coming|have|have it
v. phr. To deserve the good or bad things that happen to you. I feel sorry about Jack's failing that course, but he had it coming to him.Everybody said that Eve had it coming when she won the scholarship. Compare: ASK FOR, GET WHAT'S COMING TO ONE, SERVE RIGHT.