Definition of Laugh off

1. Verb. Deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it. "She laughs away all these problems"

Definition of Laugh off

1. Verb. (transitive) To respond to a negative situation lightheartedly, as though it were a joke. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Laugh Off

laugh a minute
laugh all the way to the bank
laugh at
laugh away
laugh down
laugh in one's sleeve
laugh like a drain
laugh like a hyena
laugh line
laugh loudly
laugh machine
laugh off (current term)
laugh one's head off
laugh out of court
laugh softly
laugh track
laugh up one's sleeve
laughed out of court

Literary usage of Laugh off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1834)
"... —who made a last attempt to laugh off the whole affair. " But where de debil can he be ?" said he, almost involuntarily—"gone, sure enough. ..."

2. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1885)
""But why allow it Î Why take things so much to heart—why not laugh them off as you generally do laugh off annoyances 1" " She can't hate a new rider more ..."

3. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1911)
"He tried to laugh off his blunder. "Or a deer," he said quickly. "I don't suppose you 're fussy which it is." "Ugh!" shuddered Wenham. ..."

4. New Orleans; the Place and the People by Grace Elizabeth King (1895)
"(One never supposes them to laugh off the stage and for nothing.) Women can smile, and they do smile much nowadays. When they are prosperous, the constant ..."

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