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Laugh away   /læf əwˈeɪ/   Listen
Laugh away

Deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it.  Synonym: laugh off.

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"Laugh away" Quotes from Famous Books

... I tried to laugh away her doubts, though whenever I did so I seemed to hear Bastin's slow voice remarking casually that she might die, as he might have commented on the quality of the claret. At last, however, I grew terrified and asked her bluntly ...
— When the World Shook - Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot • H. Rider Haggard

... "Laugh away," said the doctor, "but I mean to have that skin set up and sent to the British Museum, presented by Doctor Bolter," ...
— Middy and Ensign • G. Manville Fenn

... to laugh away the impression of the fiery speaker, Grundtvig, nevertheless, retained at least two lasting memories from the lectures—the power of the spoken word, a power that even against his will could arouse him from his cynical indifference, and the reverence with which Steffens spoke of Christ ...
— Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark • Jens Christian Aaberg

... much as ever I can, seeing I have so many people to care for," answered Sara, trying to laugh away the tears that—from sympathy, ...
— Olive - A Novel • Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

... remarkable story with which Lord Lyttelton startled his guests on the morning of 24th November 1779. In vain they tried to cheer him, and to laugh away his fears. They could make no impression on the despondency that had settled on him; they could not shake the conviction that he was a doomed man. "You will see," was all the answer he would vouchsafe, "I shall die at midnight ...
— Love Romances of the Aristocracy • Thornton Hall

... much as you like, Miss Jillgall, you won't laugh away the facts. Helena loved me; Helena was true to me. Don't be hard on a poor fellow who is half distracted. What a man finds he can do on one day, he finds he can't do on another. Try to understand that a change does sometimes ...
— The Legacy of Cain • Wilkie Collins

... John, with white hair, Does laugh away care, Sitting under the oak, Among the old folk. They laugh at our play, And soon they all say, "Such, such were the joys When we all—girls and boys— In our youth-time were seen ...
— Poems of William Blake • William Blake

... sufficiently qualified to laugh away scruples, I imparted my remarks to those among my female favourites, whose virtue I intended to attack; for I was well assured, that pride would be able to make but a weak defence, when religion was subverted; nor was my ...
— The Works of Samuel Johnson in Nine Volumes - Volume IV: The Adventurer; The Idler • Samuel Johnson

... regrets that he ever wrote Rebecca and Rowena, the melodramatic novels of Bulwer-Lytton were fair enough game for the parodist. However, it is certain that in his earlier writings Thackeray did much to laugh away the novel of mediaeval chivalry; and while we think he often carried his irreverent jocosity much too far, since after all chivalry is better than cockneyism, we may award him the very high honour of becoming, latterly, one of the founders of a new and admirable historical ...
— Studies in Literature and History • Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall

... "Laugh away, ladies," said de Praille gayly. "You shall see a real Norman beauty, and then see how jealous you will all ...
— Orphans of the Storm • Henry MacMahon

... "Laugh away," said she, gayly; "and a good many others will laugh, too, over these things. I got them to make people laugh—people that are not in the ...
— The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings • Harriet Beecher Stowe

... 'Yes, laugh away! You kill one first, and then you may talk. Now then, hurry up! Look, there's the master himself coming to see you,' added Eroshka, looking out of the window. 'Just see how he's got himself up. He's put on a new coat so that you should see that he's ...
— The Cossacks • Leo Tolstoy

... it was only an amusing dream. He was not malignant enough. The old-fashioned sense of honour was too strong in him. Pooh! He would go and dine, and then laugh away his evening somewhere ...
— Denzil Quarrier • George Gissing

Words linked to "Laugh away" :   brush off, laugh off, push aside, discount, ignore, brush aside, disregard, dismiss

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