shake with laughter

shake with laughter

To be consumed by uncontrollable laughter. Primarily heard in UK. We all shook with laughter when the professor accidentally swore during his lecture. My brother-in-law's wicked sense of humor has us shaking with laughter every time we hang out with him.
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shake with laughter

Convulse with the humor of something, as in When asked if he was planning to give away the bride, he shook with laughter at the very thought . [Early 1700s]
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To be convulsed with amusement. This sort of shaking is much more violent than trembling with fear or cold, causing one to “hold one’s sides,” i.e., to double over. John Milton used the image in L’Allegro (ca. 1635): “Laughter holding both his sides.” See also split one's sides.
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References in classic literature ?
Skinner, shake with laughter at the mention of such a thing as a secret society."
There then ensued a silence of some ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, at the expiration of which period Mr Willet was observed to rumble and shake with laughter, and presently remarked, in reference to his late adversary, 'that he hoped he had tackled him enough.' Thereupon Messrs Cobb and Daisy laughed, and nodded, and Parkes was looked upon as thoroughly and effectually put down.
Good old ques- tionable stories were told that made the tears run down and cavernous mouths stand wide and the round bellies shake with laughter; and questionable songs were bellowed out in a mighty chorus that drowned the boom of the tolling bells.
It's my nerves, you tickled me so with your witty observation; I assure you, sometimes I shake with laughter like an india-rubber ball for half an hour at a time.
| Bridgewater Hall / bridgewaterhall.co.uk / 0161 907 9000 / Monday, March 12, 7.30pm / PS30 Comedy / Shake with Laughter Scottish funnyman Kevin Bridges provides the big draw at this special charity gig in aid for Parkinson's UK.
See www.atgtickets.com Shake With Laughter The Stand Shake with Laughter is a night of hilarity in aid of Parkinson's UK.
That's the difference between stand-up comedians and everyone else--they don't mind making complete fools of themselves week after week for that one satisfying moment when they make an audience shake with laughter.
You'll Shake with laughter Pick of the day UPSTART CROW BBC2, 10pm WILLIAM Shakespeare may be a British icon and one of the greatest writers who ever lived - but the Bard was also just some bloke from the Midlands.
A particularly special moment was the duet between the pair, which was made even more hilarious when Benton could barely finish the song after starting to shake with laughter halfway through.
LOVELY old Ronnie Barker leaves a huge gap because, unlike modern comedians who deal in the profane and political, he made our bellies shake with laughter.
That nineteenth century whites believed it and would name a city for "the Menominee chief" caused many old Menominee to shake with laughter.
What also makes your body shake with laughter, your eyes sparkle and your tingling skin bloom with a healthy glow?