laugh off

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...

[V n P] Whilst I used to laugh it off, I'm now getting irritated by it.


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

  • laugh off — transitive verb Date: 1676 to minimize by treating as amusingly or absurdly trivial …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laugh off — verb To respond to a negative situation lightheartedly, as though it were a joke …   Wiktionary

  • 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 — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. guffaw, snicker, giggle, titter, chuckle. See rejoicing. laugh at II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. chuckle, giggle, titter, snicker, snigger, guffaw, chortle, cackle, fit of laughter, peal of laughter,… …   English dictionary for students

  • 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 — v. & n. v. 1 intr. make the spontaneous sounds and movements usual in expressing lively amusement, scorn, derision, etc. 2 tr. express by laughing. 3 tr. bring (a person) into a certain state by laughing (laughed them into agreeing). 4 intr.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Off-Off Campus — is an improvisational and sketch comedy group at the University of Chicago,[1] and the second oldest collegiate group of its kind in the United States.[2] It was founded in 1986 by The Second City co founder Bernie Sahlins, who is also an alumnus …   Wikipedia

  • laugh your head off — laugh/shout/scream/your head off informal phrase to laugh, shout etc very loudly I bet Nigel’s sitting at home now laughing his head off. Thesaurus: to make a loud soundhyponym to make a sound …   Useful english dictionary

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