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laugh off

Meaning: to joke about something in order to make it seem less serious

For example:

  • laugh sth off Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes the best thing to do is just laugh them off.

  • laugh sth off If you come to work late again, you mightn't be able to laugh it off so easily. I heard the boss say he might fire you.

Quick Quiz:

My personal assistant used to just laugh it off whenever she
  1. told a joke
  2. played a trick
  3. made an error

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