raise a laugh

raise a laugh

To cause someone 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

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