the joke is on someone

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the joke is on someone

used to describe a situation in which a person trying to make something happen to someone else (such as being tricked or embarrassed) ends up having it happen to himself or herself instead
  • He thought he could embarrass us, but now the joke is on him and he's the one who looks foolish.

Word by Word Definitions

joke play
  1. : something said or done to provoke laughter

  2. : the humorous or ridiculous element in something

  3. : an instance of jesting : kidding

  1. : to make jokes : jest

  2. : to make the object of a joke : kid

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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