laugh off
transitive verb Date: 1676 to minimize by treating as amusingly or absurdly trivial

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • laugh off — (something) to act as if something is not important to you. It s not easy to laugh off an insult. She criticizes his work constantly but he doesn t get angry, he just laughs it off …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 off — 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 off — PHRASAL VERB If you laugh off a difficult or serious situation, you try to suggest that it is amusing and unimportant, for example by making a joke about it. [V P n (not pron)] The couple laughed off rumours that their marriage was in trouble...… …   English dictionary

  • laugh off — {v.} To dismiss with a laugh as not important or not serious; not take seriously. * /He had a bad fall while ice skating but he laughed it off./ * /You can t laugh off a ticket for speeding./ Compare: MAKE LIGHT OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • laugh off — {v.} To dismiss with a laugh as not important or not serious; not take seriously. * /He had a bad fall while ice skating but he laughed it off./ * /You can t laugh off a ticket for speeding./ Compare: MAKE LIGHT OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • laugh\ off — v To dismiss with a laugh as not important or not serious; not take seriously. He had a bad fall while ice skating but he laughed it off. You can t laugh off a ticket for speeding. Compare: make light of …   Словарь американских идиом

  • laugh off —    When you laugh about something that has upset or hurt you, to make it seem less important or to try to show that you do not care, youlaugh it off.     She overheard her colleague s critical remark, but she laughed it off …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • laugh off — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. deride, dismiss, ignore, shrug off; see scorn 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • laugh off — not take seriously He laughed off the attempt of his boss to tell him that he should try and come to work on time …   Idioms and examples

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