the joke is on someone

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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 insteadHe thought he could embarrass us, but now the joke is on him and he's the one who looks foolish.

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“The joke is on someone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20joke%20is%20on%20someone. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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