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famous last words

Definition of famous last words in English:

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.
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