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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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 But while the Wolverines may have had more selections, the Spartans have the last laugh on the field. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football has 6, Michigan State just 1 in SI's top 100 players," 25 June 2018 The cosmos got the last laugh on Tuesday night in San Francisco. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salesforce Tower light show loses out to the SF fog," 22 May 2018 The show may have been called Hannah Montana, but Hannah's BFF Lilly had the last laugh on the Disney Channel series. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Final Line of "Hannah Montana" Was Almost Completely Different," 22 Aug. 2017 While the national television audience was making fun of the trash can the Volunteers used as a sideline turnover celebration gimmick, that same sideline got the last laugh. The Si Staff,, "The Best Meaningless Games of the 2017 College Football Season," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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