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English definition of “laugh sth off”

laugh sth off

phrasal verb with laugh     /lɑːf/ US  /læf/ verb [I]
to make yourself laugh about something unpleasant in order to make it seem less important or serious: She tried to laugh off their remarks, but I could see she was hurt.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention
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