Said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well be proved wrong by events: “I’ll be perfectly OK on my own.” “Famous last words,” she thought to herself
More example sentences
- Perhaps the most famous last words in military history were uttered by an American Civil War officer, John Sedgwick: They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.
- So for now I'm off to make my final preparations in the hope that all runs smoothly… famous last words!
- This time we have ‘no return to boom and bust’, a mantra which could turn out to be Gordon Brown's famous last words.
Definition of famous last words in:
- The British & World English dictionary