die laughing

die laughing

 
1. Lit. to meet one's death laughing-in good spirits, revenge, or irony. Sally is such an optimist that she'll probably die laughing. Bob tried to poison his rich aunt, who then died laughing because she had taken Bob out of her will.
2. Fig. to laugh very long and hard. The joke was so funny that I almost died laughing. The play was meant to be funny, but the audience didn't exactly die laughing.
See also: die, laugh

die laughing

Experience extreme amusement, as in When his pants fell down, I thought I'd die laughing. This hyperbolic expression was used by Shakespeare in The Taming of the Shrew (3:2): "Went they not quickly, I should die with laughing." Also see split one's sides.
See also: die, laugh
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I'd love a bikini body but, if I did wear a bikini to the beach, everyone would die laughing.
Written by Ed Waugh - co-writer of international comedy hits Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux, and writer of Dracula: Die Laughing and the Christmas Laffalang - the Summer Laffalang will be produced and directed by Gareth Hunter, whose most recent show, The Fif-f teen Streets, received rave reviews at the Customs House.
It will have you Laughing in the Dark but hopefully you will not die laughing.
And what an album it remains, with the short, sharp riffs of Screamager, Nowhere, Die Laughing, Trigger Inside and Knives in the setlist, all of them insanely irresistible.
This was entertaining, and if nothing else it would be good to die laughing.
It found people can literally die laughing - with excessive mirth causing heart rupture, torn gullets and incontinence.
DIE LAUGHING A COMEDY play based on the Dracula story will start a regional tour in Durham this autumn before making an appearance at Whitby's Goth Weekend.
I ask seniors to tell me how they can die laughing," Siegel reveals.
Everyone who knows what a lion is will die laughing at it.
Puffed up with a passion for her Pekinese pooch stashed in steerage, she's the kind of woman you just know would stand on your head to get to the lifeboats but at least you'd die laughing.
He makes me die laughing and would be amazing on the show," she said.
He said his father found it difficult to dislike Burgess even after his treachery was unmasked and he had fled to the Soviet Union, adding: "He couldn't really bring himself to be unkind about Burgess because he said he was the funniest man he had ever known and Burgess could make him die laughing and it's difficult to take against someone who has that effect on you.
Everybody dies screaming, they don't die laughing as far as I know" Singer Morrissey "The English are the big losers in this business" Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, on the EU Presidency and High Representative appointments "If we sing nonsense is it any surprise that children grow into adults and throw out the tearless baby Jesus with Father Christmas and other fantasy figures?
99) tells of Elliot, who likes to make people die laughing until his comedy is taken too literally.