Definitions

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  • v. To respond to a negative situation lightheartedly, as though it were a joke.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it

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Examples

  • At first Alexander tried to laugh off the prophesy, quoting a line from the Greek playwright Euripides that the best prophet is one who guesses well, but he was still a man of his times and superstitious enough to be cautious when it came even to questionable warnings from the gods.

    Alexander the Great

  • "You take things in stride, you laugh off the insults, and you have a fuck-you attitude that I wish to hell I could emulate."

    Changeling

  • I knew that I, like Jill in Blubber, was going to have to learn not to punch Shoshona but to laugh off her taunts.

    Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume

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