To laugh away
Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster]

Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I shall laugh myself to death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out. [1913 Webster]

From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To laugh away}. (a) To drive away by laughter; as, to laugh away regret. (b) To waste in hilarity. ``Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.'' --Shak.

{To laugh down}. (a) To cause to cease or desist by laughter; as, to laugh down a speaker. (b) To cause to be given up on account of ridicule; as, to laugh down a reform.

{To laugh one out of}, to cause one by laughter or ridicule to abandon or give up; as, to laugh one out of a plan or purpose.

{To laugh to scorn}, to deride; to treat with mockery, contempt, and scorn; to despise. [1913 Webster]


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  • To laugh down — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To laugh one out of — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To laugh to scorn — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh away — phrasal verb laugh off or laugh away [transitive] Word forms laugh off : present tense I/you/we/they laugh off he/she/it laughs off present participle laughing off past tense laughed off past participle laughed off to joke about something in… …   English dictionary

  • laugh away — verb deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it She laughs away all these problems • Syn: ↑laugh off • Hypernyms: ↑dismiss, ↑disregard, ↑brush aside, ↑brush off, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Laugh — Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh — [laf, läf] vi. [ME laughen < OE hleahhan, akin to Ger lachen (OHG hlahhan) < IE base * klēg , to cry out, sound > Gr klangē, L clangor] 1. to make the explosive sounds of the voice, and the characteristic movements of the features and… …   English World dictionary

  • laugh — /laf, lahf/, v.i. 1. to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic… …   Universalium

  • laugh off — verb deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it (Freq. 1) She laughs away all these problems • Syn: ↑laugh away • Hypernyms: ↑dismiss, ↑disregard, ↑brush aside, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • laugh — [[t]lɑ͟ːf, læ̱f[/t]] ♦ laughs, laughing, laughed 1) VERB When you laugh, you make a sound with your throat while smiling and show that you are happy or amused. People also sometimes laugh when they feel nervous or are being unfriendly. He was… …   English dictionary

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