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 Laugh in One’s Sleeve (To).Laughing Philosopher. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Laugh on the Other Side of Your Mouth.
 
To make a person laugh on the other side of his mouth is to make him cry, or to cause him annoyance. To “laugh on the wrong side of one’s face” is to be humiliated, or to lament from annoyance.   1
        “Thou laughest there: by-and-by thou wilt laugh on the wrong side of thy face.”—Carlyle: The Diamond Necklace. chap. iii.
 


 Laugh in One’s Sleeve (To).Laughing Philosopher. 

 
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