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famous last words

A statement or claim that is promptly undone or disproved. This phrase is often humorously or preemptively. A reference to the final words one says before one dies. A: "I can't believe the ER has been so quiet today!" B: "Ugh, famous last words for sure." A: "There's no way we'll get stuck in traffic." B: "Famous last words. Look what's ahead."
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famous last words

Fig. assertions that are almost immediately countered. (Sarcastic.) A: I said I would never speak to her again in my entire life! B: Famous last words! You just said hello to her.
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famous last words

A phrase used to express disbelief, rejection, or self-deprecation. For example, They said we'd get an extra bonus at Christmas-famous last words! or This book is bound to make the best-seller list-famous last words! This expression alludes to grandiose statements about human affairs that prove to be untrue, such as "This is the war to end all wars," or "We must make the world safe for democracy." [Late 1930s]
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famous last words

You say famous last words, after you claim that something will definitely happen in a certain way, in order to suggest, humorously, that you may be proved wrong. No, I think this time, I'll manage just fine on my own. Famous last words. `Yes, it's all under control.' said Bertie, adding `Famous last words.' with a grin. Note: You can also use famous last words to admit that you were in fact wrong about something. When I set out from Birmingham I thought, at least I'll be finished early. Famous last words.
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famous last words

said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well soon be proved wrong by events.
This expression apparently originated as a catchphrase in mid 20th-century armed forces' slang.
2000 Canberra Sunday Times Speaking from New York, he said ‘I expect NASDAQ to fall more than another 5–10 per cent. Famous last words, but I expect it to break 3000, that is about a 20 per cent descent.’
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ˌfamous ˌlast ˈwords

(informal, humorous) used when you think somebody has been too optimistic about something and is likely to be wrong: ‘The journey will only take an hour on the high-speed train.’ ‘Famous last words! That train is always late!’
Last words in this idiom refers to words spoken by somebody just before they die.
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Many famous last words will, of course, be apocryphal.
His other novels include The Last of the Crazy People (1967), about tensions within an Ontario family; The Butterfly Plague (1969), on Hollywood, with parallels to Nazi Germany; and Famous Last Words (1981), weaving together Ezra Pound's character Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, quotations from Pound, and a story of spies at the end of World War II to create a commentary on civilization's decadence.
Those were my famous last words before I attempted using the expanding foam, turning my hallway into Zeus's beard.
The Dessie Hughes-trained Art Of Logistics, a remote third behind Supreme candidate Un Atout at Naas last month, Becauseicouldntsee and Famous Last Words complete the line-up.
Famous last words as we approached the first bend at just shy of 100mph.
They played I'm Not Okay, Famous Last Words and latest hit Sing, before an encore of Cancer but the show was stolen by a performance of Welcome To The Black Parade.
Famous last words, I know, but what's the point of Christmas if you are too hyped up to enjoy it?
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Heck, my MD Sally was even in there, and I think - famous last words - I am more likely to get her fired than she is to fire me
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE Famous Last Words They're back in the studio, so enjoy this highlight from last album The Black Parade - one of the band's best.
Dr Beatty tried in vain to save the legendary commander and would later write the definitive account of his final hours, including his famous last words, 'Kiss me, Hardy [Victory's captain].
While the first book, One Dead Spy, is about how Nathan Hale finds himself accused of spying and on the gallows (and uttering his famous last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS My Chemical Romance The best track from their stunning Black Parade album, for some reason never released as a single.
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