laugh on the other side of one's face

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laugh on the other side of one's face (third-person singular simple present laughs on the other side of one's face, present participle laughing on the other side of one's face, simple past and past participle laughed on the other side of one's face)

  1. (Britain, intransitive, informal) To experience discomfiture after displaying cockiness.
    You'll be laughing on the other side of your face when the police find out you've been lying to them.

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