laugh up your sleeve

laugh up your sleeve
laugh up your sleeve phrase
to be secretly happy, especially because someone who you do not want to succeed has failed or made a mistake
Thesaurus: to be, or to become happy or happiersynonym
Main entry: laugh

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laugh up your sleeve
: to be secretly happy about or amused by something (such as someone else's trouble)

The mayor's critics were laughing up their sleeves when news of the scandal was first reported.

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Main Entry:laugh
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laugh up your sleeve — see laugh, 1
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Main Entry:sleeve

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • laugh up your sleeve — If you laugh up your sleeve, you laugh at someone secretly …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • laugh up your sleeve — laugh secretly at someone, behind your back    He tried to please her, unaware she was laughing up her sleeve …   English idioms

  • laugh up your sleeve — to be secretly happy, especially because someone who you do not want to succeed has failed or made a mistake …   English dictionary

  • laugh up your sleeve (at somebody) — laugh up your ˈsleeve (at sb/sth) idiom (informal) to be secretly amused about sth Main entry: ↑laughidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • laugh up your sleeve (at something) — laugh up your ˈsleeve (at sb/sth) idiom (informal) to be secretly amused about sth Main entry: ↑laughidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be laughing up your sleeve — be laughing up (your) sleeve to laugh at someone secretly, often in an unkind way. He persuaded people to believe in him and all the time he was laughing up his sleeve at them. (often + at) …   New idioms dictionary

  • sleeve — noun (C) 1 the part of a piece of clothing which covers your arm or part of your arm: a dress with long sleeves 2 long sleeved/short sleeved etc having sleeves that are long or short 3 have something up your sleeve informal to have a secret plan… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • laugh — laugh1 W2S2 [la:f US læf] v [: Old English; Origin: hliehhan] 1.) to make sounds with your voice, usually while you are smiling, because you think something is funny ▪ Maria looked at him and laughed. laugh at/about ▪ I didn t know what I was… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • laugh — 1 verb 1 MAKE SOUND (I) to make the sounds and movements of the face that people make when they think something is funny: Jonathan kept pulling funny faces at me, and I couldn t stop laughing. (+ at/about): I couldn t understand why they were all …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • laugh — I UK [lɑːf] / US [læf] verb [intransitive] Word forms laugh : present tense I/you/we/they laugh he/she/it laughs present participle laughing past tense laughed past participle laughed *** Other ways of saying laugh: giggle to laugh in a nervous… …   English dictionary

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