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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Harvey might have gotten the last laugh, going a season-high 6 ⅔ innings to lead a 5-3 Reds victory. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Braves' organist trolls Reds' Matt Harvey with 'New York, New York' and 'Party All the Time'," 27 June 2018 Of course the spider is the one who's having the last laugh (hiss? Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, "Australians rescued a giant spider. The rest of the world wonders why.," 12 Mar. 2018 Admittedly battling butterflies, Andrew Littlefield, as well as the rest of the St. Xavier baseball team got the last laugh Saturday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Unheralded, deep roster carries St. Xavier to another baseball title," 17 June 2018 Los Angeles got the last laugh though with Chelsea Gray hitting an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer for the 77-76 win. Doug Feinberg, Houston Chronicle, "WNBA's opening weekend highlighted by finals rematch," 21 May 2018 Shaw ultimately got the last laugh, though, by singling to left field. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Twins 4: Yelich's homer propels another road win," 19 May 2018 The Vikings, of course, got the last laugh as wide receiver Stefon Diggs scored on a 61-yard touchdown reception as time expired to win 29-24 and advance to the NFC Championship. Josh Katzenstein,, "Sean Payton on doing 'Skol clap' to Vikings fans: 'It was good playoff fun'," 16 Jan. 2018 One of their funniest exchanges ended up being a double burn, with Dylan getting the last laugh. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Disney and Nick Stars Making Fun of Their Famous Characters," 8 Aug. 2017 If they are indeed right, then such crypto bulls will certainly have the last laugh. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why This Allianz Economist Says Bitcoin Is a Buy Under $5,000," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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