play for laughs

Definition of play for laughs

  1. :  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

  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

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

    :  to find amusement or pleasure in something

    :  to become amused or derisive

  1. :  the act of laughing

    :  a cause for derision or merriment :  joke

    :  an expression of scorn or mockery :  jeer

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