not know whether to laugh or (to) cry

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not know whether to laugh or (to) cry

To be in an acute state of shock, exasperation, or disbelief due to an unexpected tragic or unfortunate event. When the team lost the championship in the final seconds of the game, we didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. I just found out all of my applications were rejected. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh, not

not know whether to ˈlaugh or ˈcry

(informal) be unable to decide how to react to a bad or unfortunate situation: Can you believe she said that to me? I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!
See also: cry, know, laugh, not
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When I heard about the elastic bands scenario, I honestly didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
OWNER-BREEDER Colin Murfitt did not know whether to laugh or cry after Galileo Gold won the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month, having last year sold the son of Paco Boy to current owners Al Shaqab Racing for around a tenth of his current value.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at President Aquino's new attempts to blame his nemesis, former president Gloria Arroyo, for the mess at the Metro Rail Transit.
I DIDN'T know whether to laugh or cry at the news that some beauty salons are targetting girls as young as nine for bikini waxing.
When you're so upset you don't know whether to laugh or cry, choose laughter every time.
When he told me, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
By the end, chances are - as with his previous outings - you won't know whether to laugh or cry.
AT first I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when my sister spoke to me on the telephone from Portugal.
IT is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the ongoing failure of Cardiff council to run an effective bin collection service.
But when I discovered that he'd moved in with a plump, 55-year-old grandmother, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry some more.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at such a suggestion; it is as bizarre as it is insulting.
JON MACKEN didn't know whether to laugh or cry after his festive fling.
When I see the LAUSD in action, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
As for the nonsense that Olga Spessivtseva, one of this century's great Giselles, was driven mad by a homosexual partner who spurned her and a Bolshevik secret police agent who made her dance for the mob, it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry.
One winner said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
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