Definition of laugh out of the other side of one's mouth in US English:

laugh out of the other side of one's mouth

(British laugh out of the other side of one's face)

phrase

  • Be discomfited after feeling satisfaction or confidence about something.

    ‘you'd be laughing out the other side of your mouth if we were sitting in jail right now’
    • ‘She will laugh on the other side of her face in 2 years' time.’
    • ‘Their laughter was uproarious, but I think that for some time now they have been laughing on the other side of their face.’
    • ‘I think that for some time now they have been laughing on the other side of their face.’
    • ‘Mind you, I bet he'll be laughing on the other side of his face when he sees how much I've got.’
    • ‘The right honourable gentleman opposite is a very naughty man, and he will laugh on the other side of his face when my ship comes in.’
    • ‘And then laughed on the other side of his face when my answer turned out to be correct, ahem.’
    • ‘I was laughing on the other side of my face when they suggested that I do a guest editing spot - that'll teach me!’
    • ‘Give him a health problem that stopped him from getting all that exercise through no fault of his own and he'd be laughing on the other side of his face.’