I hear that idiom quite often but honestly don't know if it's "Joke is on you" or "Jokes on you". The pronunciation is basically the same, and it's mostly used in speech. So, is there a correct way or can I use both interchangeably?

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The correct idiom is: Joke's on you.

If you say that the joke is on a particular person, you mean that that person has tried to make someone else look silly but has made himself or herself look silly instead.

Example: Adam was laughing at John's poor sense of dressing, until John pointed out that Adam had forgotten to wear his pants. "I guess the joke's on you now, Adam" said John, who couldn't control his laughter.

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