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a laugh

1. An instance of laughter. Once I got a laugh from the audience, I started to feel more relaxed about giving my presentation. I need a laugh after the tough week I've had. Any funny TV shows you can recommend? Tom is pretty much the court jester in our office. You can always count on him for a laugh.
2. An instance of lighthearted amusement or mirth. Ah, don't be upset, we were only having a laugh! This show is always good for a laugh, so I put it on whenever I'm feeling down. I sang karaoke just for a laugh—I never expected to get a round of applause!
3. A fun or enjoyable experience. Come with us to the party tonight. I'm sure it will be a laugh. I love hanging out with my old schooltime friends—we always have a laugh when we get together. How can you have a laugh when you know those jerks are going to be there?
4. Something absurdly inadequate, defective, or idiotic. Their customer service is a total laugh. I was on the phone for nearly two hours just to be told that they couldn't identify the problem and wouldn't help me any further. I hated every minute of my stay there, so the 10% service charge they added automatically to my bill was quite a laugh. Well, that's a real laugh—I spent nearly $800 on this phone, and it stopped working after just a month!
See also: laugh

laugh in (one's) sleeve

To rejoice or be amused secretly and contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. Though feigning sympathy, my colleagues are all laughing in their sleeves at me for being stood up at the altar by my fiancée. I know it's mean-spirited, but I can't help but laugh in my sleeve when I see someone slip on the icy streets.
See also: laugh, sleeve

laugh up (one's) sleeve

1. To try to hide that one is laughing at someone else. Ron may seem like a nice guy, but he laughs up his sleeve whenever he's around someone he dislikes. The popular kids laugh up their sleeves every time I walk by—it's so infuriating.
2. To rejoice or be amused secretly and contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. Though they are feigning sympathy, I'm sure my colleagues are all laughing up their sleeves at me for being chewed out by the boss. I know it is mean spirited, but I cannot help but laugh up my sleeve when I see someone slip on the icy streets.
See also: laugh, sleeve, up
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up/in (one's) sleeve
To rejoice or exult in secret, as at another's error or defeat.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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She then gave an explanation of what on earth laughing yoga is and why it really was worth doing - something that was still news to me.
Researchers knew that chimps and other apes produce their own brand of laughing when playing or being tickled.
Laughing Planet in Reno, Nevada - With a new location set to open early this summer in the midtown area of Reno, local restaurateur and town hero Tim Healion has been tapped as the new Laughing Planet district representative.
The Hartlepool firm offers seminars, workshops and a weekly club where they basically get people laughing.
"Such matters have to be handled differently by the police as laughing is not a specific offence under law," the court observed posting the matter for hearing on July 6.
Practitioners aim for continuous, deep laughing. People in a laughter yoga class or session might feel reticent at first, but they literally laugh it off.
"If your body goes through the motions of laughing, your body believes real laughter is happening, it doesn't know it's fake laughter."
Although some reported observations of laughing gull feeding habits exist (Bent, 1991; Burger, 1988; Caccamise et al., 1994; Burger and Wagner, 1995), little information is available regarding laughing gull foraging and prey selection (Burger, 1996), particularly in urban environments.
I recommend the style of laughing where you snort like a pig as you get your breath back between each laugh.
For years Neher went on the local airwaves, offering insights to accounting and tax situations and often found himself laughing. Although people never met him face-to-face, they recognized the laugh.
Is it possible I could slim my waistline just by laughing?
On which continent would you find the laughing hyena?
On the other hand, researchers believe that laughing causes the body to release beneficial chemicals called endorphins, which may counteract the effects of stress hormones and cause blood vessels to dilate.
I'm determined to make sure that my mother dies laughing. She has Alzheimer's, and she's old and she's frail, and she's in a nursing home, but she still enjoys a good laugh.