raise a laugh

raise a laugh

To cause someone or an audience to laugh. Don't try too hard to raise a laugh during your speech. You're here to inform people, not entertain them.
See also: laugh, raise
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raise a ˈlaugh/ˈsmile

do or say something that makes other people laugh/smile: If the speeches are not going well, ask Paula to speak; she can always raise a laugh.His jokes didn’t even raise a smile, which was embarrassing.
See also: laugh, raise, smile
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