play for laughs

Definition of play for laughs

:to act in a funny way that makes people laugh
  • She's fantastic in serious roles, but she also knows how to play for laughs.
  • Most performers would have taken a serious tone during the scene, but he decided to play it for laughs.

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

laugh play laughs
  1. : to show emotion (such as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound

  2. : to find amusement or pleasure in something

  3. : to become amused or derisive

  1. : the act of laughing

  2. : a cause for derision or merriment : joke

  3. : an expression of scorn or mockery : jeer


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