laugh off(redirected from laugh it off)
1. To dismiss something as insignificant by literally laughing at it and/or treating it casually. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "laugh" and "off." I did fall on the ice, but it didn't ruin my day—I was able to laugh it off.
2. To pressure someone to leave a stage or other such area by laughing at them derisively. What if I forget all the words to the song? What if I get laughed off the stage?
laugh something off
to treat a serious problem lightly by laughing at it. Although his feelings were hurt, he just laughed the incident off as if nothing had happened. He laughed off the incident.
Also, laugh away. Dismiss as ridiculous or trivial, as in He laughed off the suggestion that his career was over. [Early 1700s]
laugh offor laugh away
1. To dismiss something or someone as ridiculous or laughable: She laughed off the critic's conclusion that the show was a flop. The landlord wanted more money, but I laughed him away.
2. To force someone to leave some area because of laughter or ridicule: The audience laughed the singer off the stage. The other team laughed us away from the field.