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.’
References in classic literature ?
"This election will pass, and the excitement will die, and people will forget about it; and if you forget about it, too, if you sink back and rest upon your oars, we shall lose this vote that we have polled to-day, and our enemies will laugh us to scorn! It rests with you to take your resolution--now, in the flush of victory, to find these men who have voted for us, and bring them to our meetings, and organize them and bind them to us!
If Buhari himself fiddles like Nero while the country burns and makes only annoyingly provocative and patently deceitful, sanctimonious preachments where decisive action is needed now that he needs our votes for a second term, imagine how he will laugh us to scorn and tell us to our face, like the new APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, told the Edo widow, 'go and die' when he bags second term and those not need us again.