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guffaw at (someone or something)

To laugh heartily at someone or something. ("Guffaw" is likely of imitative origin.) I grinned as the audience guffawed at the joke I'd told. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to guffaw at you, but you just look so ridiculous in that hat!
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guffaw at someone or something

to laugh at someone or something very hard and raucously. The audience guffawed at the clown's antics. The old man guffawed at the clown.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"No matter, sir, no matter!" he went on hurriedly and with apparent composure when both the boys at the counter guffawed and even the innkeeper smiled--"No matter, I am not confounded by the wagging of their heads; for everyone knows everything about it already, and all that is secret is made open.
Bowls gave one abrupt guffaw, as a confidential servant of the family, but choked the rest of the volley; the diplomatist only smiled.
Nicholson himself had a great fund of humour, of the Scots order - intellectual, turning on the observation of men; his own character, for instance - if he could have seen it in another - would have been a rare feast to him; but his son's empty guffaws over a broken plate, and empty, almost light-hearted remarks, struck him with pain as the indices of a weak mind.
He doesn't wind it up for you at night, does he?' inquired Alan, at which John guffawed. 'No, seriously; I am in a fix,' continued the tempter.
"Well, sir, they roosted around here on the housetop and the trees for an hour, and guffawed over that thing like human beings.
He shook his head sadly, murmuring, "Too bad, too bad," while the hunters burst into guffaws of laughter.
"Sign-talk!" Platt guffawed. "Well, yes, 'twas sign-talk, but a heap older'n your French, Harve.
Our wild guffaws of laughter penetrated even Great-aunt Eliza's deafness, and she glanced up with a startled face.
With tousled hair and trousers down, there's laughter at each touch: And erudition, likewise, either Latin or in Greek A classical oration is expected when you speak, And greeted with guffaw, guffaw, hurrah for Johnson B!
Seriously, after sitting through the previous 89 minutes of nonsensical character motivations, hammy acting, ludicrous plot twists and borderline offensive themes, those last 20 seconds made me guffaw as loudly as I've ever guffawed, which definitely wasn't the makers' intention.
It's a two-hour smile, punctuated by plenty of chuckles and the odd guffaw. Everybody will love it.
It's not just that he makes you guffaw with unexpected reversals, but his performers play their roles to the hilt.
In the immortal words of John McEnroe, "You cannot be serious!" To state that Prince Charles, the so-called Prince of Wales, has more Welsh royal blood in him than almost anyone in Aberteifi or, indeed, Wales, made me guffaw in disbelief.
Their conclusion: We aren't alone in enjoying a good guffaw.
New researchers have claimed that just 30 minutes of guffaw a day is adequate to keep your heart healthy.