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 Doncic and the Mavericks got last season’s last laugh by crushing the Suns in Game 7, 123-90. Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2023 Norm Macdonald is giving fans one last laugh. Dave Quinn,, 13 May 2022 Jones had missed the previous three games because of an ankle injury, and Brisker got something of a last laugh on the former Alabama All-American. Mark Inabinett |, al, 26 Oct. 2022 Rangers are getting last laugh at those who mocked his second-round selection in 2020. Dallas News, 1 June 2022 For the three- to five-minute telegram, Mattingly charts a beginning, middle, and end, building to a big last laugh that really hits or to a poignant moment for an emotional telegram. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2023 Even in death, Boston-bred Colangeli and Johnson, a New Jersey native, gave the L.A. crowd and the club that loved them one last laugh. Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 But, as Dangle’s wife reminds her petty husband, the artist may have the last laugh. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 But the creators of the comic book would have the last laugh. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of last laugh was in 1872

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“Last laugh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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