let them laugh that win

An older version of the next two proverbs (he laughs best who laughs last, he who laughs last, laughs longest).

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. V. B2 He laught that wynth.

a 1596 G. PEELE Clyomon & Clamides F1 But I zay to you my nabor [neighbour]..wel let them laugh that win.

1777 Bonner & Middleton’s Bristol Journal 5 July 3 The old Proverb says, let them laugh that wins.—They glory over us, by saying that our Fund is almost exhausted—that is our look out not theirs.

1873 TROLLOPE Phineas Redux I. xxxvii. ‘You are laughing at me, I know.’ ‘Let them laugh that win.’

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