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the joke is on sb

informal
If you say that the joke is on a particular person, you mean that that person has tried to make someone else look silly but has made himself or herself look silly instead.
(Definition of the joke is on sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the joke is on sb”
in Chinese (Simplified) 玩笑反而开到(某人)自己头上…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開玩笑反而開到(某人)自己頭上…
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