laugh off

verb

laughed off; laughing off; laughs off

transitive verb

: to minimize by treating as amusingly or absurdly trivial

Examples of laugh off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Usher Announces Career-Spanning North American Tour Launching in August The R&B star initially attempted to laugh off the moment and provide his rationale. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 Ever the consummate professional, the superstar continues on, rolling over to keep singing her hit before smiling and audibly laughing off the fall. Anna Chan, Billboard, 19 Feb. 2024 The Biden campaign would, of course, like her endorsement for 2024 -- but the White House press secretary laughed off a question from CNN’s John Berman about if Biden had plans to see Swift on tour. Sarah Beth Hensley, ABC News, 2 Feb. 2024 The duo, both wearing dark sunglasses, also appeared to laugh off Jenner’s alleged violation of the California Vehicle code. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Reid later laughed off the heated moment during a post-game interview with CBS with his wife Tammy. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 In 2018, the Academy floated the idea of a new award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film, but the notion quickly got laughed off the stage. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2024 Paul Maurice tried to laugh off the latest accomplishment of his lengthy NHL coaching career. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 28 Jan. 2024 Princess Isabella and Queen Mary laughed off the mishap. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laugh off was in 1676

Cite this Entry

“Laugh off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laugh%20off. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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