split (one's) sides

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split (one's) sides

To laugh uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them splitting their sides!
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split one's sides (with laughter)

Fig. to laugh so hard that one's sides almost split. (Always an exaggeration.) The members of the audience almost split their sides with laughter. When I heard what happened to Patricia, I almost split my sides.
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split one's sides

Also, laugh one's head off. Be extremely amused, laugh uproariously. For example, That comedian had us splitting our sides, or Jane laughed her head off when she saw Rob's costume. The first of these hyperbolic terms dates from about 1700.
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split your sides

be convulsed with laughter. informal
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split your ˈsides (laughing/with laughter)

laugh a lot; laugh loudly: When she started singing in that funny voice, we nearly split our sides.
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split one's sides

To laugh heartily.
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References in classic literature ?
that they would all simply split their sides with laughter, and that the officer would not simply beat me, that is, without insulting me, but would certainly prod me in the back with his knee, kick me round the billiard- table, and only then perhaps have pity and drop me out of the window.
But O'Carroll has tapped into a rich comedy vein that satisfies the viewing millions fed up with satire and irony, and who simply want to split their sides at the sight of a man in drag falling over and showing his knickers, or a flamboyant gay man offering to swim the Channel because he thought someone said "canal".
The audience didn't exactly split their sides with laughter, nevertheless Skinner is entertaining with nice one-liners.
And as his friends split their sides laughing, 25-year-old Gav obediently leapt into the saddle.
I'd like to bet that the Mayors of Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich to mention just three, would split their sides with laughter on learning of this situation.
If Adam and Eve had seen this nakedness, they'd have split their sides.
David almost fainted but the pranksters split their sides.
CHELSEA'S treatment room must be full of players who have split their sides laughing because, according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, manager Claudio Ranieri (right) "has the craziest sense of humour.
The howler caused Zoran's teammates to split their sides - and the name stuck.
GMB union boss John Edmonds said: "Voters laughed in the Tories' faces last year when they pledged to cut spending by pounds 20billion - they'll split their sides now.