laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) face(redirected from laughed out the other side of face)
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.
laugh out of the other side of one's face and laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
Fig. to be forced to take a different or opposite view of something humbly; to sing a different tune. When you get the kind of punishment you deserve, you'll laugh out of the other side of your face. Phil played a dirty trick on me, but he'll be laughing out of the other side of his mouth when I get through with him.