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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Recent Examples on the Web Brady and the Patriots got the last laugh when Goodell had to hand them the Lombardi Trophy in February 2017 following their come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "With spotlight on Astros' punishment, a look at some of the most notable sanctions for cheating in sports," 14 Jan. 2020 He was ultimately told to tone it down, but the Canadian got the last laugh when his team advanced to the NBA Finals. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 19 Wisconsin sports athletes who defined 2019 (and 10 villains)," 24 Dec. 2019 In the end, Blake got the last laugh when Marina chose to remain on his team. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Host Carson Daly Threw Major Shade at Blake Shelton During the Battle Rounds," 27 Oct. 2019 Looks like Mother Nature is getting the last laugh because around the country temps are heating up for one last hurrah in the sunshine. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "45 Jetsetters That Showed Us How To Bring The Heat To Cool Pool Escapes," 2 Oct. 2019 More: Will Louisville basketball's Jordan Nwora get the last laugh? Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville coach Chris Mack: Death threat against Jordan Nwora reported 'to authorities'," 10 Jan. 2020 In spite of the ample fodder the subject has provided humor writers, teachers may end up getting the last laugh., "A fifth-grader in New Jersey is a master of curlicues and connecting loops. His technique is so good he was named a state and national champion of a dying art: cursive writing, a skill that once seemed destined to go the way of the typewriter.," 22 Dec. 2019 The dispute aside, George again had the last laugh Monday night in a boisterous back-and-forth with his former fans, tying his career-high in games against the Pacers while finishing 7-for-16 from beyond the arc – despite an 0-for-4 start from deep. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Paul George to Pacers fans angry that he left: 'I'm not the one to boo'," 10 Dec. 2019 After a commercial of a man gifting his wife a Peloton stationary bike for Christmas went viral for having cringe-y, Black Mirror-y undertones, actor Ryan Reynolds wanted to have the last laugh. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "‘Peloton Wife’ Returns in a New Aviation Gin Ad — And She Definitely Needs a Drink," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Last laugh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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