play for laughs

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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.

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“Play for laughs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20for%20laughs. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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