laugh up (one's) sleeve

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laugh up (one's) sleeve

To try to hide that one is laughing at someone else. Ron may seem like a nice guy, but he laughs up his sleeve whenever he's around someone he dislikes. The popular kids laugh up their sleeves every time I walk by—it's so infuriating.
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laugh up one's sleeve

to laugh secretly; to laugh quietly to oneself. Jane looked very serious, but I knew she was laughing up her sleeve. I told Sally that her dress was darling, but I was laughing up my sleeve because her dress was too small.
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laugh up one's sleeve

Rejoice or exult secretly, hide one's amusement, as in When she tripped over her bridal train, her sister couldn't help laughing up her sleeve. This expression replaced the earlier laugh in one's sleeve, used by Richard Sheridan in The Rivals (1775): "'Tis false, sir, I know you are laughing in your sleeve." The expression, which alludes to hiding one's laughter in big loose sleeves, was already a proverb in the mid-1500s.
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laugh up your sleeve

be secretly or inwardly amused.
The use of up in this expression is a relatively recent development; the phrase dates from the mid 16th century in the form laugh in your sleeve .
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laugh up your ˈsleeve (at somebody/something)

(informal) be secretly amused by something: Only he knew the whole story about the money. He must have been laughing up his sleeve all along.
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