laugh out of the other side of your face/mouth, you'll/to

laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) face

To experience a reversal or drastic change in one's emotions or fortunes, especially from happiness to a negative emotion, often in a short span of time. A: "I thought you were looking forward to being closer to your mother." B: "I was, but having her calling over every single day has me laughing out the other side of my face." They'll be laughing out of the other side of their faces when they realize how much they'll have to pay in late fees.
See also: face, laugh, of, other, out, side

laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) mouth

To experience a drastic change in one's emotions or fortunes, especially from happiness to a negative emotion, often in a short span of time. A: "I thought your mother was happy that we're getting married." B: "Me too, but now, she's laughing out the other side of her mouth, and I get an angry phone call from her every day." They'll be laughing out of the other side of their mouths when they realize how much they'll have to pay in late fees.
See also: laugh, mouth, of, other, out, side
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laugh out of the other side of your face/mouth, you'll/to

You’ll be sorry; to feel anger or annoyance or disappointment after having felt happy. This term dates from the seventeenth century and was then spelled out by Giovanni Torriano (1666): “The English say, when one has conveniently reveng’d ones self on another, now you can laugh but on one side of your mouth.” Later it was sometimes put as laughing on the wrong side of one’s mouth.
See also: face, laugh, of, other, out, side, to
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