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cross the aisle

1. Of politicians, to unite or cooperate—especially through voting—with an opposing political party or members thereof, so as to achieve some political goal or purpose. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. With just enough Republicans crossing the aisle, the Democrats were able to pass the bill through both the Senate and the House of Representatives. If reform of any kind is going to come about in this lifetime, it will take some strong-willed individuals willing to cross the aisle.
2. Of parliamentary members, to leave one's current political party and join another, such that one's legislative seat is physically moved to the new party's location in parliament. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. Following the prime minister's controversial tax bill, several members of his party crossed the aisle to the Labour Party.
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laughing in the aisles

Laughing uproariously or hysterically. (Used especially in the phrase "have someone laughing in the aisles.") Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them laughing in the aisles! I'm telling you, Mark's boyfriend is hilarious! You're going to be laughing in the aisles when you meet him.
See also: aisle, laugh

have (someone) laughing in the aisles

To cause someone to laugh uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them laughing in the aisles! I'm telling you, Mark's boyfriend is hilarious! He had me laughing in the aisles when I met him.
See also: aisle, have, laugh

walk down the aisle

To get married. I still can't believe that Nora and Scott walked down the aisle—I never thought I'd see those two get married!
See also: aisle, down, walk

*rolling in the aisles

Fig. [of an audience] wild with laughter. (*Typically: get them ~; have them ~; leave them ~.) DI have the best jokes you've ever heard. I'll have them rolling in the aisles. What a great performance. We had them rolling in the aisles.
See also: aisle, roll

rolling in the aisles

laughing loudly The group, considered by many to be one of the funniest in Canada, had its audiences rolling in the aisles at last night's concert.
Etymology: based on the idea of uncontrollable laughter causing the people watching a show to fall on the floor in the aisles (the long narrow spaces between rows of seats in a theater)
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have somebody rolling in the aisles

to make an audience (= a group of people watching a performance) laugh a lot Considered by many to be one of Britain's best comedians, Izzard has had audiences rolling in the aisles all over the country.
See also: aisle, have, roll

roll in the aisles

Laugh very hard, as in The comedian's new book had them rolling in the aisles. This hyperbolic idiom alludes to a performance that causes an audience to laugh so hard that they might well roll about in the theater's aisles. [First half of 1900s]
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References in classic literature ?
She had started with an irrepressible shudder, as if the stroke of the bell had fallen directly on her heart; then, recovering herself, while her attendants were yet in dismay, she took the lead, and paced calmly up the aisle.
The widow looked down the aisle, and clinched the arm of one of her bridemaids in her bony hand with such unconscious violence, that the fair girl trembled.
While these aged mourners were passing up the aisle, it was observed that, from pew to pew, the spectators shuddered with irrepressible awe, as some object, hitherto concealed by the intervening figures, came full in sight.
Gilbert reached across the aisle, picked up the end of Anne's long red braid, held it out at arm's length and said in a piercing whisper:
Phillips stalked down the aisle and laid his hand heavily on Anne's shoulder.
Then, realizing that there was no help for it, she rose haughtily, stepped across the aisle, sat down beside Gilbert Blythe, and buried her face in her arms on the desk.
Two women, clutching her under the arms, were dragging her down the aisle.
And thereafter, for a long time, the many irons rose and fell, the pace of the room in no wise diminished; while the forewoman strode the aisles with a threatening eye for incipient breakdown and hysteria.
The old graveyard, with its over-arching trees and long aisles of shadows, faded from her sight.
For a long time he stood still and listened to their music, so sweet to a hunter's ear, when suddenly the fox appeared, threading the solemn aisles with an easy coursing pace, whose sound was concealed by a sympathetic rustle of the leaves, swift and still, keeping the round, leaving his pursuers far behind; and, leaping upon a rock amid the woods, he sat erect and listening, with his back to the hunter.
For example, a rack in a cold-aisle raised-floor cluster with a CI of 65% receives 65% of its cooling airflow from its own cold aisle and the remaining 35% from the room environment.
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Teen Mary should know: she practically has the chain memorized, thanks to her father's job as its manager until she stumbles on Aisle 17, which is notable not only for its mysterious appearance, but for its glaring absence of merchandise.
restoration of the south facade of the aisle and facades of two chapels South St Medard church located 141 rue Mouffetard- 75005 Paris Operation is divided into four legal lots: Lot 1 Road - masonry - stone, Lot 2 Cover - carpentry, Sculpture Lot 3, Lot 4 Stained glass - locksmith.
SHOPPERS are signifi-cantly more likely to buy alcohol and fizzy drinks if they are displayed at the end of supermarket aisles, research has found.