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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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shake with laughter, to

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 ?
And a smile played round the King's lips as he finished speaking, and his courtiers and counsellors shook with laughter when they thought of the old woman's folly, and praised the King's wise device, and said to each other, 'What a joke it will be when we see the pair of them tarred and feathered!
Remember, the stuff does not wash away.' She shook with laughter till her bracelets and anklets jingled.
Shoppers shook with laughter and whipped out their phones to record the dance-off, while bemused shop workers looked on.
The eejit shook with laughter at his own jokes in Wogan's Guide To Being An Old Geezer (Sunday, BBC1) but I doubt if people watching at home did.
Kindo never looked up but his shoulders shook with laughter.
When we were walking off the field, he said 'What happened there?' and I said: 'That's how you get 15 out of 15'." Lee shook with laughter.