he who laughs last laughs longest

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he who laughs last, laughs longest

proverb The person who has the final, decisive move or victory in a feud, quarrel, or competition is the only one who is truly successful. He may have won this round, but I'm going to come back with a vengeance in the final. He who laughs last, laughs longest. I've waited years for revenge for what you did to me, but he who laughs last, laughs longest. Now, your entire empire is in tatters.
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he who laughs ˌlast laughs ˈlongest

(saying) do not be too proud of your present success; in the end another person may be more successful than you: You think just because you’ve won this game, that means you’re the best player. Well, wait until the championship. Remember, he who laughs last laughs longest.
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