laugh at (someone or something)

(redirected from laughed at us)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

laugh at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to react to someone or something with laughter. To my great relief, everyone laughed at my joke.
2. To ridicule or deride someone or something with laughter. Don't laugh at me, that was a serious suggestion!
3. To dismiss, scoff at, or express contempt for someone or something. She the kind of person who laughs at rules and thinks they're just meant to be broken. The whole world is laughing at our country right now because of the government's actions.
See also: laugh
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

laugh at someone or something

to chuckle or giggle loudly at someone or something, perhaps in ridicule. Thank goodness, the audience laughed at all my jokes. Don't laugh at me! I'm doing my best! Everyone laughed at the love scene because it was so badly done.
See also: laugh
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

laugh at

Treat lightly, scoff at. For example, He said the other children all laughed at his jacket, or They stopped laughing at his theory when it proved to be correct. [Late 1300s]
See also: laugh
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 at

v.
1. To laugh in response to something intended to be humorous: I always laugh at that TV show.
2. To mock or make fun of someone or something: They laughed at me when I said I wanted to become an astronaut.
3. To treat someone or something lightly; scoff at someone or something: That daredevil laughs at danger.
See also: laugh
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.
See also:
References in classic literature ?
I was angry with my mother, and Mary was disappointed in her father, when they laughed at us, and wondered what we should want next.
He laughed at us, as he laughed at De Ville one day when he shoved De Ville's head into a bucket of paste because he wanted to fight.
They merely laughed at us. There were only three beds in the whole house, and they had seven single gentlemen and two married couples sleeping there already.
Moi said the team once wanted to surprise Sharon, so they prepared a dance routine to the tune of Iigo Pascual's 'Dahil Sa 'Yo.' Moi recalled: 'She laughed and laughed at us ...
He acted as if representative of some NGO and not part of the regime that neglected us, incarcerated us and laughed at us!?
"We aimed for fourth this season and people laughed at us, but they didn't laugh at us straight away when we were second, they waited until we dropped off a bit," said the Scouser.
"We aimed for fourth this season and people laughed at us, but they didn't laugh at us when we were second, they waited until we dropped off a bit," he said.
"When we were almost in hysterics and we asked hospital authorities how Sarabjit is, they laughed at us. Nurses, doctors at the Pakistan hospital laughed at us because they knew he was dead.
Hirst's skull laughed at us as the American subprime market collapsed in 2007, sparking the disaster that was 2008.
highspirits Midnight had last laugh Most of us thought that a 9lb rise might do for Midnight Chase, but it turns out the beast could have carried even more and still have laughed at us passing the winning post.
I'll say right out that at 25 yards or so, the prairie dogs sorta' laughed at us. But, when I about stomped on this rattler and unleashed the .17, that snake about disintegrated in front of me.
When we opened the Log Cabin national office they all laughed at us. They said we'd never be noticed in national politics.
After Grazer's 2-0 win over Alkmaar and Auxerre's win in Glasgow, Roth told Austrian TV: "50,000 laughed at us at Ibrox.
He said: 'More than 50,000 laughed at us when we lost in Scotland but I told our fans to wear Santa hoods and let our Christmas spirit inspire us to beat Alkmaar.
The paper quoted from the speech, noting that Bokyin said, "He [Ato] went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, 'They'll never get me because Allah will protect me.