had it coming

redgiant

Senior Member
Cantonese, Hong Kong
I want to know how to use "had it coming".

is it correct to say:

"John was fool enough to yelling profanities at Peter who bumped John's head on top of a vehicle. John deserved the coming for provoking Peter."

Can I cross out "it"?
 
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  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Thanks.

    "Deserved the coming" is not a set expression; you will not hear anyone use it. However, you could say "John had it coming [to him] for provoking Peter". The "to him" is optional but the "it" is essential.

    You would not say ".. who bumped John's head on the top of a vehicle". You could say "... who slammed John's head against the roof of a vehicle".
     
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