last laugh


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last laugh

n.
Ultimate success or victory, achieved after an apparent failure or loss: After all was said and done, our competitors had the last laugh: they cornered the market.
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Noun1.last laugh - ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last'); "we had the last laugh after the votes were counted"
triumph, victory - a successful ending of a struggle or contest; "a narrow victory"; "the general always gets credit for his army's victory"; "clinched a victory"; "convincing victory"; "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"
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At this I did at last laugh out aloud, when to my surprise, Alan joined in, and laughed as merrily as myself.
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The Croatian hopes his countrymen have the last laugh in tonight's World Cup semi-final.
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