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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

have (one) rolling in the aisles

To cause an audience to laugh uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them rolling in the aisles!
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rolling in the aisles

Laughing uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them rolling in the aisles!
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be rolling in the aisles

To be laughing uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. Your audience will be rolling in the aisles!
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knock them in the aisles

old-fashioned To thoroughly impress, overwhelm, or excite a group of spectators (almost always identified by the pronoun "them"). Good luck, honey. I know your presentation is going to knock them in the aisles today! Our next guest is a young comedian who's been touring the country, knocking them in the aisles with his edgy humor.
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lead (one) up the aisle

To marry someone. Usually, but not always, said of a man leading a woman. It was 50 years ago today that my dear Robert led me up the aisle.
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*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.
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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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be rolling in the aisles

If people in an audience are rolling in the aisles, they are laughing a lot at something. They loved him — they were rolling in the aisles. Note: You can also say that you have an audience rolling in the aisles. It's all good knockabout stuff that has them rolling in the aisles. His shows still have them rolling in the aisles. Note: The aisles in a theatre or cinema are the gaps between the blocks of seats.
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have people rolling in the aisles

1 make an audience laugh uncontrollably. 2 be very amusing. informal
1 1940 P. G. Wodehouse Quick Service I made the speech of a lifetime. I had them tearing up the seats and rolling in the aisles.
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lead someone up the aisle

get married to someone.
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knock them in the aisles

amaze and impress people. informal
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go/walk down the ˈaisle

(informal) get married: I never thought you’d be the first one to walk down the aisle — you used to say you’d never marry!
The aisle is the passage down the middle of a church between the two blocks of seats.
See also: aisle, down, walk

ˌrolling in the ˈaisles

(informal) laughing a lot: The comedian was very good indeed. He had the audience rolling in the aisles.
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