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 Even on Angel’s hedonistic terms, perhaps affirmative-consent proponents have the last laugh. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Politics of Bad Sex," 31 Mar. 2021 Decades later, the still-influential Souvlaki got the last laugh. Brady Gerber, Vulture, "Creation Records, the Label History Loves to Overlook," 29 Mar. 2021 That bad blood only increased when Texas football hired away Tom Herman, although Cougars fans had the last laugh on that move. Matt Young, Chron, "Dear NCAA selection committee, we demand a UH-Texas Sweet 16 tournament matchup," 12 Mar. 2021 Mets fans might have gotten the last laugh the next day, however. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, "Reds' leading hitter in 2020 and looking to get better; 3 things to know about Jesse Winker," 28 Feb. 2021 Senior guard Marcus Garrett connected on a layup in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime and sophomore guard Christian Braun connected on a three to open the extra period, though Texas’ guards had the last laugh. Dallas News, "Texas basketball completes regular-season sweep of Kansas with 75–72 win," 24 Feb. 2021 But the cognoscenti had the last laugh: with only 991 of these sleepers built, its specialness became secured with exorbitant dealer surcharges and rumors of some trading hands at over a million bucks. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, "Driving the 5 Best Porsche 911 GT Cars Ever," 15 Dec. 2020 Trump could have the last laugh, invoking that amendment so that Mike Pence could grant him a pardon. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Dangerous Possibilities of Trump’s Pardon Power," 3 Dec. 2020 Argyle won all three regular season games, but La Vega has had the last laugh, responding with playoff wins each of the last two years. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Will this time be different for Argyle vs. Waco La Vega? 3 things to watch for in this powerhouse playoff matchup," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of last laugh

1872, in the meaning defined above

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7 Apr 2021

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“Last laugh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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