Last Laugh (have the)

Meaning of the Idiom ‘Last Laugh’

To have the last laugh means to be victorious over one’s opponents or critics, especially after being doubted; to succeed in the end even after much difficulty and setback.

Usage

“My boss fired me today but I’ll get the last laugh. What he doesn’t know is that I already accepted a position at a competing company for twice the salary!”

“They kept telling me I would never get this project off the ground, but I got the last laugh.”

Origin

According to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, this idiom has origins in the 1500’s, appearing in a different form regarding “laughing at the loser” and is the origin of the later proverb “he who laughs last laughs best (or longest).”

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