Meaning of “be laughing on the other side of your face” in the English Dictionary

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"be laughing on the other side of your face" in British English

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be laughing on the other side of your face

UK US laugh out of the other side of your mouth

used to tell someone that, despite being pleased now, they will not be pleased later when things do not happen as expected or planned:

She's pleased with her promotion but she'll be laughing on the other side of her face when she sees the extra work.

(Definition of “be laughing on the other side of your face” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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