laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) face(redirected from we are laughing out of the other side of our faces)
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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer