die laughing

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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

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

die ˈlaughing

(informal) find something extremely funny: I nearly died laughing when he said that.
See also: die, laugh
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IF it were not so serious, I think Europeans might die laughing at us.
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Jake said: "It is so funny you might die laughing".
Will the murderer be unmasked before everyone meets their doom, or do the audience die laughing first?
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Or else, you might literally 'die laughing,' as the expression goes.
Are we not risible beings capable of roaring, giggling, snickering, guffawing, howling, chortling, cackling, yes, to die laughing? Our ability to laugh and to cry cuts across all cultures and centuries.
It found people can literally die laughing - with excessive mirth causing heart rupture, torn gullets and incontinence.
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