laugh off


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laugh off

1. To dismiss something as insignificant by literally laughing at it or treating it casually. 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?
See also: laugh, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: laugh, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

laugh off

Also, laugh away. Dismiss as ridiculous or trivial, as in He laughed off the suggestion that his career was over. [Early 1700s]
See also: laugh, off
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 off

or laugh away
v.
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.
See also: laugh, off
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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