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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last')

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