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have the last laugh

To ultimately achieve success after encountering adversity or doubt from others. After so many people dismissed her, Lisa had the last laugh by moving to Hollywood and becoming a well-known character actress.
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Succeed in the end, after some earlier reverses. For example, We'll have the last laugh when they learn we got the contract. This expression, alluding to laughing at the loser, appeared in slightly different form in the mid-1500s and gave rise to the modern proverbial phrase, He who laughs last laughs best (or He laughs best who laughs last).
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have the last laugh

COMMON If you have the last laugh, you become more successful than someone who has laughed at or criticized you in the past. The singer is expecting to have the last laugh on his critics by selling over a million copies of his CD. She was mocked for her lack of political experience. But she has had the last laugh. Her party has increased its number of seats from 112 to perhaps 150.
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have the last laugh

be finally vindicated, thereby confounding earlier scepticism.
There are various proverbial sayings expressing this idea, such as he laughs best who laughs last and he who laughs last, laughs longest .
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have the last ˈlaugh

(informal) be successful at something in the end, even though other people thought that this was not possible: When he invented this machine, everybody laughed at it, but he’s sold 10 000 of them. He certainly had the last laugh.
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