laugh at (someone or something)

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laugh at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to react to someone or something with laughter. To my great relief, everyone laughed at my joke.
2. To ridicule or deride someone or something with laughter. Don't laugh at me, that was a serious suggestion!
3. To dismiss, scoff at, or express contempt for someone or something. She the kind of person who laughs at rules and thinks they're just meant to be broken. The whole world is laughing at our country right now because of the government's actions.
See also: laugh
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

laugh at someone or something

to chuckle or giggle loudly at someone or something, perhaps in ridicule. Thank goodness, the audience laughed at all my jokes. Don't laugh at me! I'm doing my best! Everyone laughed at the love scene because it was so badly done.
See also: laugh
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

laugh at

Treat lightly, scoff at. For example, He said the other children all laughed at his jacket, or They stopped laughing at his theory when it proved to be correct. [Late 1300s]
See also: 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.

laugh at

v.
1. To laugh in response to something intended to be humorous: I always laugh at that TV show.
2. To mock or make fun of someone or something: They laughed at me when I said I wanted to become an astronaut.
3. To treat someone or something lightly; scoff at someone or something: That daredevil laughs at danger.
See also: laugh
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
What traits of character must a man have to enable him to help three thousand miscreants to hiss, and jeer, and laugh at one friendless old woman, and shamefully humiliate her?
It's a common British trait to laugh at one's shortcomings, but it's often misunderstood abroad where one's rising status in the workplace comes with an expectation of confidence.
"That is one of the differences - we never laugh with one another, we laugh at one another and James made this terrible mistake with the design of his car.
Sayed and Syed appeared to laugh at one point during the hearing.
Those in attendance appreciated the security, but Buckley couldn't help but laugh at one intense moment: After one Summit panel, the seating pillows needed to be touched up--but before Buckley could take to the stage, security took to walkie-talkies, yelling, "Variety woman wants to fix the pillows!"
The actor said stressed that "if you can make people laugh, you can heal wounds," adding that the most important thing in any difficult situation was "the ability to laugh at one's self."
Being able to laugh at one's self is a sure sign of confidence.
In a fascinating analysis of "stayers" and "leavers," Bennett and Kohl argue that success at homesteading was not the result of hard work and persistence alone, but the combination of those traits with modest expectations and the ability to laugh at one's mistakes.