in stitches

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in stitches

Fig. laughing very hard. Charlie had us in stitches with all his jokes. The movie sure was funny. I was in stitches!
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in stitches

laughing so much that it is difficult to control yourself The movie will keep you in stitches from beginning to end.
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in stitches

Laughing uncontrollably, as in Joke after joke had me in stitches. Although the precise idiom dates only from about 1930, Shakespeare had a similar expression in Twelfth Night (3:2): "If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselves into stitches, follow me." Stitches here refers to the sharp local pain (known as a stitch in the side) that can make one double over, much as a fit of laughter can.
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in stitches

Informal
Laughing uncontrollably.
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References in classic literature ?
One short mad rush, and then a stitch in the side, and no more honest play.