he laughs best who laughs last

he laughs best who laughs last
See also the two adjacent proverbs (let them laugh that win, he who laughs last, laughs longest). The ‘French proverb’ referred to in quot. 1822 is rira bien qui rira le dernier.

c 1607 Christmas Prince (1923) 109 Hee laugheth best that laugheth to the end.

1715 VANBRUGH Country House II. V. Does she play her jests upon me too!—but mum, he laughs best that laughs last.

1822 SCOTT Peveril IV. iii. Your Grace knows the French proverb, ‘He laughs best who laughs last.’

1980 J. LINSSEN Yellow Pages lii. The mark of greatness is survival. He laughs best who laughs last.

1996 Washington Post 15 Jan. C2 This purchase..was wildly out of character and the source of endless amusement to those who know me best... Well, in the immortal words of Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726): He laughs best who laughs last.


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  • who laughs last laughs best — See: HE LAUGHS BEST WHO LAUGHS LAST …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • who laughs last laughs best — See: HE LAUGHS BEST WHO LAUGHS LAST …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • who\ laughs\ last\ laughs\ best — See: he laughs best who laughs last …   Словарь американских идиом

  • he laughs best who laughs last — A person should go ahead with what he is doing and not worry when others laugh at him. When he succeeds he will enjoy laughing at them for being wrong more than they enjoyed laughing at him. A proverb. * /Everyone laughed at Mary when she was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • he laughs best who laughs last — A person should go ahead with what he is doing and not worry when others laugh at him. When he succeeds he will enjoy laughing at them for being wrong more than they enjoyed laughing at him. A proverb. * /Everyone laughed at Mary when she was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • he\ laughs\ best\ who\ laughs\ last — proverb A person should go ahead with what he is doing and not worry when others laugh at him. When he succeeds he will enjoy laughing at them for being wrong more than they enjoyed laughing at him. Everyone laughed at Mary when she was learning… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • he who laughs last, laughs best — (or he laughs best that laughs last) used to say that even if you are not successful now you still succeed or win in the end • • • Main Entry: ↑laugh …   Useful english dictionary

  • he who laughs last laughs longest — A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair  to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.( He who laughs last laughs best is also used, and he is sometimes omitted.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • last — noun see let the cobbler stick to his last the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock adjective see the last drop makes the cup run over it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back …   Proverbs new dictionary

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