laugh down

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laugh someone or something down

to cause someone to quit or cause something to end by laughing in ridicule. Her singing career was destroyed when the audience laughed her down as an amateur. The cruel audience laughed down the amateur singer. They laughed down the magic act also.
See also: down, laugh
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If you're the kind of person who scorns the Teletubbies or Mr Blobby's efforts, never mind the work of our own Richie Kavanagh, above, with Aon Focail Eile, this gives you a chance to laugh down your nose at everyone else.
And there's no limit to the radiant blue sky providing a backdrop to the snowy mountain peaks, while the ever-present sun seems to laugh down mountain paradise.
IT seems British men most want to have a laugh down the pub, with cheeky chappies Ant and Dec topping a poll of the best celebrities to have a pint with.
I'm the main target - he has my laugh down to a tee (or should that be a tee-hee?
I'M still having such a laugh down here in London with my Cockney friends regarding the collapse of the `Fourth Grace' in the Capital of Culture
He's got the laugh down, he's very gentle and he's very caring - just like a Santa,'' Schneider said.
I just laugh down the phone and tell them 'It''''s the Candyman
If you have a great joke that always gets a good laugh down the pub, then a group of scientists at Glasgow University want to hear from you.
You could always just ring him up if you'd heard a joke that day and he would just laugh and laugh down the phone with you.
It's not all having a laugh down the pub with your mates, you know.
Given that only five per cent of those polled want their boss to be primarily a "mate" or "a laugh down the pub", Brent and his like are pursuing a misjudged management technique.
Personality: `Lisa Tarbuck, she'd be a laugh down the pub.