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die laughing

1. To die happy. You're always so cheerful that I wouldn't be surprised if you died laughing.
2. To exact revenge on someone in death. If you keep fighting with your mother now, she might ultimately die laughing by taking you out of her will.
3. To laugh very hard and for a long time. We all died laughing when we saw Dave's Halloween costume.
See also: die, laugh
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

die ˈlaughing

(informal) find something extremely funny: I nearly died laughing when he said that.
See also: die, laugh
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die

in. to “perish” (figuratively) from laughter or some other emotionally intense response. The whole audience died laughing.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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