howl at

howl at (someone or something)

1. Of an animal, to make a howling sound at someone or something. Oh geez, the dog's howling at a raccoon or something in the bushes.
2. To laugh uproariously at someone or something. His opening monologue went really well—the audience howled at every joke.
3. To yell at someone or something. Mom really howled at me when she found out that I got a D in biology this semester.
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howl at someone or something

1. Lit. [for a canine] to bay at someone or something. The dog howls at me when I play the trumpet. The wolves howled at the moon and created a terrible uproar.
2. and hoot at someone or something Fig. to yell out at someone or something. The audience howled at the actors and upset them greatly. We hooted at the singer until he stopped.
3. Fig. to laugh very hard at someone or something. Everyone just howled at Tom's joke. I howled at the story Alice told.
See also: howl
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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