laugh off

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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.
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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
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It's time we had a sporting William Wallace to fight our corner before the English laugh us off the face of the earth.
I wonder whether they see us unable to come up with something as simple as a unified platform and laugh us off as no threat to the status quo.