last laugh


Definition of last laugh

: the satisfaction of ultimate triumph or success especially after being scorned or regarded as a failure he got the last laugh on his early critics

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Despite Arsenal dominating, Antoine Griezmann had the last laugh with an equalising goal that means Atletico head into the match with a valuable away goal., "Charlie Nicholas Doubtful of Arsenal's Europa League Chances Ahead of Wanda Metropolitano Clash," 2 May 2018 Toronto got the last laugh, however, besting the Warriors to take the title in game six. Leada Gore |,, "Free Taco Bell taco: How to get your Doritos Locos Taco today," 18 June 2019 Cardellini got the last laugh, though—her film Green Book took home the night's biggest award. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Were These Oscars Looks Inspired By Loofahs, Paper Lanterns, And Other Home Decor?," 25 Feb. 2019 Always one to get the last laugh, JoJo then snapped a photo of herself posing with cardboard cutout of Justin. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Feud" Between Justin Bieber and JoJo Siwa Has Continued," 12 Jan. 2019 Thirteen years later, guess who’s enjoying the last laugh. John Von Rhein,, "Against all odds, a choir focused on new music prospers," 6 Mar. 2018 Tiger Woods won his first golf tournament in more than five years Sunday -- and seemed to get the last laugh on his detractors in a viral video. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Parody video of Tiger Woods 'watching' pundits' criticisms goes viral after golf great's title win," 26 Sep. 2018 On the other hand, the MacBook Air, with its low-power dual-core CPU and integrated graphics, will have a different kind of last laugh because of its longer battery life. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 But the emperor may have the last laugh: The terra-cotta warriors are in fact not part of his official tomb. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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