English version

laugh something ↔ off

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlaugh something ↔ off phrasal verbSERIOUS/NOT JOKINGto pretend that something is less serious than it really is by laughing or joking about it Knox laughed off rumors that he would be running for mayor. laugh→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
laugh offBy this time Irene was emitting a steady gurgle of contentment, when she wasn't laughing her head off.Louise: Ursula would have laughed her head off.Joey stood in the door laughing his head off and Noreen peered over his shoulder, her hands over her mouth.We laugh it off as a bunch of California New Age woo-woos playing with rocks.She'd laughed her head off at his contribution to the couplet, and now she'd sent it in.She had laughed it off, but I fancied she had found the situation embarrassing.Old Warleigh would laugh his head off if I put reasons like that to him.She laughed and rushed off, late, to her costume fitting.
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Verb table
laugh
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theylaugh
he, she, itlaughs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theylaughed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave laughed
he, she, ithas laughed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad laughed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill laugh
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have laughed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam laughing
he, she, itis laughing
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you, we, theyare laughing
Past
I, he, she, itwas laughing
you, we, theywere laughing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been laughing
he, she, ithas been laughing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been laughing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be laughing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been laughing
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