laugh (someone or something) to scorn

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laugh (someone or something) to scorn

To mock or ridicule someone or something; to subject someone or something to scorn, derision, or contempt. The senator was laughed to scorn for his ignorance of pop culture. They just laughed my idea to scorn during the meeting.
See also: laugh, scorn

laugh someone or something to scorn

ridicule someone or something.
This is a biblical idiom: see, for example, Job 12:4: ‘I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn’ or Matthew 9:24: ‘He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.’
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Let him take the letters, take them, set out, go on his way, breathe out slaughter, thirst for blood: The one who dwells in the heavens will laugh him to scorn (Ps 2:4).
If there were any major changes to the choral part they did not trouble the City of Birmingham Choir, who were in fine, hearty and fulsome voice: nimble in All we like sheep, vehement in All they that see him laugh him to scorn and stirring in the Hallelujah chorus - which was well worth its spontaneous round of applause.