Meaning of “have the last laugh” in the English Dictionary

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"have the last laugh" in British English

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have the last laugh

to finally get an advantage from an argument or disagreement, when it seemed that you would not

(Definition of “have the last laugh” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"have the last laugh" in American English

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have the last laugh

also get the last laugh

to succeed when others thought you would not:

She was fired from the company last year, but she had the last laugh when she was hired by their main rival at twice the salary.

(Definition of “have the last laugh” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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