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Definition: To laugh in the sleeve
, n. [OE. sleeve, sleve, AS. sl?fe, sl?fe; akin
to sl?fan to put on, to clothe; cf. OD. sloove the turning up
of anything, sloven to turn up one's sleeves, sleve a sleeve,
G. schlaube a husk, pod.]
1. The part of a garment which covers the arm; as, the sleeve
of a coat or a gown. --Chaucer.
2. A narrow channel of water. [R.]
The Celtic Sea, called oftentimes the Sleeve.
(a) A tubular part made to cover, sustain, or steady
another part, or to form a connection between two
(b) A long bushing or thimble, as in the nave of a wheel.
(c) A short piece of pipe used for covering a joint, or
forming a joint between the ends of two other pipes.
4. (Elec.) A double tube of copper, in section like the
figure 8, into which the ends of bare wires are pushed so
that when the tube is twisted an electrical connection is
made. The joint thus made is called
a McIntire joint
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
, a detachable button to fasten the wristband
, two bars or buttons linked together, and used
to fasten a cuff or wristband.
To laugh in the sleeve
or To laugh up one's sleeve
laugh privately or unperceived, especially while
apparently preserving a grave or serious demeanor toward
the person or persons laughed at; that is, perhaps,
originally, by hiding the face in the wide sleeves of
To pinon the sleeve of
, or To hang on the sleeve of
be, or make, dependent upon.
(l[aum]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laughed
(l[aum]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. Laughing
.] [OE. laughen,
laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin
to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan,
lahh[=e]n, Icel. hl[ae]ja,W Dan. lee, Sw. le, Goth. hlahjan;
perh. of imitative origin.]
1. To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar
movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the
mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and
usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or
chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in
Queen Hecuba laughed that her eyes ran o'er. --Shak.
He laugheth that winneth. --Heywood's
2. Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful,
lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets
In Folly's cup still laughs the bubble Joy. --Pope.
To laugh at
, to make an object of laughter or ridicule; to
make fun of; to deride.
No wit to flatter left of all his store,
No fool to laugh at, which he valued more. --Pope.
To laugh in the sleeve
, To laugh up one's sleeve
laugh secretly, or so as not to be observed, especially
while apparently preserving a grave or serious demeanor
toward the person or persons laughed at.
To laugh out
, to laugh in spite of some restraining
influence; to laugh aloud.
To laugh out of the other corner of the mouth
or To laugh out of the other side of the mouth
, to weep or cry; to feel
regret, vexation, or disappointment after hilarity or