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laugh

(laf) [ME. laughen, to laugh]
1. The sound produced by laughing. Synonym: risus
2. To express emotion, usually happiness or mirth, by a series of inarticulate sounds. Typically the mouth is open and a wide smile is present.

sardonic laugh

Risus sardonicus.
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Fittingly, Eifman's most inventive vignette, a banquet scene for a bevy of the Don's voracious beauties, was played for laughs.
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Those taking part are Jonathan Ross, Mel Geidroyc, Kristen Schaal, David Mitchell, Bob Mortimer and Claudia Winkleman - and with a line-up like that, you've probably already guessed that the show is going to be played for laughs.
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Which is a sure sign that the action is mainly played for laughs as Hornet and Kato try to deal with mobster Chudnofsky, played by Christoph Waltz, who was the Oscar-winning Nazi in Inglourious Basterds.
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