laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) mouth(redirected from we laughed out the other side of our mouths)
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.
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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.
laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
Also, laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth or face . Change from happiness to sadness, disappointment, or vexation. For example, He'll be laughing out of the other side of his mouth when he learns that he'll have to pay for the business trip he sought . [Late 1700s]
laugh out of the other side of (one's) mouth
To see one's good fortune turn to bad; suffer a humbling reversal.
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.
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