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laugh down

To dismiss, belittle, or reject someone or something by laughing derisively or treating them or it very casually. A noun or pronoun can be used between "laugh" and "down." There were quite a few doubts within the company about the decision, but the new CEO just laughed it all down. For the most part, people here just laughed down the foreign president and his blustering rhetoric.
See also: down, laugh
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laugh someone or something down

to cause someone to quit or cause something to end by laughing in ridicule. Her singing career was destroyed when the audience laughed her down as an amateur. The cruel audience laughed down the amateur singer. They laughed down the magic act also.
See also: down, laugh
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Eden; glad to see you any time," they laughed down at him from the landing above.
The jokes and gibes of the awakened crew sounded anything but sweet in our ears, and even the two Italians climbed up on the rail and laughed down at us long and maliciously.
Some of the small boys of Number 4 communicated the new state of things to their chums, and in several other rooms the poor little fellows tried it on--in one instance or so, where the prepostor heard of it and interfered very decidedly, with partial success; but in the rest, after a short struggle, the confessors were bullied or laughed down, and the old state of things went on for some time longer.
Then he transferred his gaze and with open mouth laughed down at them.
He laughed down the phone and said, "Thanks, but no thanks" and he called this driver and told him to take the cabinet to the new office and make sure the carpenter was there to hang it.
"Just how much drink should I take to soften the blow," I laughed down to the phone.
She begged the unemployed chef to dial 999 as she lay bleeding on the floor but he waited five hours - then laughed down the phone to the operator.
That idea became so entrenched that by the time Ed Miliband tried to refute it in one of the debates, he was laughed down by an incredulous audience.
A SLASHER who phoned his victim in hospital and laughed down the line has been jailed for almost six years.
"If someone had said five years ago we would be playing for a European place, they'd have been laughed down the A9.
Yesterday Barton was linked with a move to Championship side West Ham United, which he quickly laughed down.
After the attack, the court heard McMahon rang the victim and laughed down the line at her and a judge said both attackers had shown no remorse.
The one really useful idea that John Major had, the Citizen's Charter, was laughed down by his colleagues, who saw it as an anachronism precisely because of its growing relevance.
Andrew Caveney, 23, and Daniel Roberts, 21, laughed down the phone line, and later threatened to shoot their terrified victims hours after breaking into their home as they slept.