laugh off

(redirected from laugh them off)

laugh 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?
See also: laugh, off

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

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

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The Aryan supremacists vowed to return last Saturday and hundreds turned up to laugh them off the streets again, some holding placards like: "Grow your hair and have more fun," and "Come on lads - stop being divvies."
The earmarks include countless projects more appropriately handled at the state and local level (if officials there didn't laugh them off the docket).
While he's being serious, it seems an opportune time to ask if he gets angry at life's irritations like the rest of us, or prefers to laugh them off.
Some gay kids laugh them off, treating them as a joke.