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

Examples of last laugh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, like the dubious industrial heroes of the present day, Lang may well have the last laugh, as the leader of a movement to forge a brighter technological future. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Carey got the last laugh, though: The EP for the singer’s Unplugged appearance sold 2.7 million records and was a catalyst for her superstardom. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 2 June 2022 Louisiana got the last laugh against Auburn in the Clemson Regional. Tom Green |, al, 21 May 2022 Crowder, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks that game, also got the last laugh for his viral salsa dance late in the fourth, which imitated James in his Mountain Dew commercial. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 LAST LAUGH - Things heated up in the Liberal Activists division where left-wing commentator Keith Olbermann got the last laugh against Rachel Maddow. Fox News, 23 Mar. 2022 Krzyzewski, who coached against UNC when the Dean Dome opened its doors on Jan. 18, 1986, leaves Chapel Hill with a 16-20 record on the road against the Tar Heels but with the last laugh against his program's biggest rival. David Thompson, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2022 Stlll, though, Henderson and his family have the last laugh on the cork disc thieves -- those weren't designed by Wright and are of little, if any, value. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 Bill Belichick might have the last laugh, however, if the 6-5, 307-pound lineman can put his elite athleticism to good use. Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last laugh was in 1872

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18 Jun 2022

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“Last laugh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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