last laugh

noun

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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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, SI.com, "The Best Meaningless Games of the 2017 College Football Season," 25 May 2018 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., chicagotribune.com, "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

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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