American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ultimate success or victory, achieved after an apparent failure or loss: After all was said and done, our competitors had the last laugh: they cornered the market.
- n. ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last')
““But I guess Ms. Virginia would appreciate one last laugh from you heffas!””
“He saw you would make a bull-leaper, and he thought it would keep the last laugh for him. ”
“I must say, dear Aunt Peg, the last laugh was literally ON us.”
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