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laughs

laughs he laughs best who laughs last proverbial saying, early 17th century, meaning that the most successful person is the one who is finally triumphant. (Compare let them laugh that win and he who laughs last, laughs longest.)
he who laughs last, laughs longest proverbial saying, early 20th century; a modern development of he laughs best who laughs longest.

See also Jove but laughs at lovers' perjury, laugh, love laughs at locksmiths.

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