he who laughs last, laughs longest

A modern development of the preceding proverb (he laughs best who laughs last).

1912 J. MASEFIELD Widow in Bye Street iv. 66 In this life he laughs longest who laughs last.

1943 J. LODWICK Running to Paradise xxx. He who laughs last laughs longest, and in another four days I was able to look at my mug in the mirror without wincing.

1951 M. DE LA ROCHE Renny’s Daughter ix. ‘We’ll see. He who laughs last, laughs...’ So worked up was Eugene Clapperton that he could not recall the last word of the proverb.


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  • laugher — laugh ► VERB 1) make the sounds and movements that express lively amusement and sometimes also derision. 2) (laugh at) make fun of; ridicule. 3) (laugh off) dismiss by (something) treating it light heartedly. 4) (be laughing) informal be in a… …   English terms dictionary

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