One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dismiss with contempt as being obviously ridiculous.
deride, be contemptuous about, hold in contempt, treat with contempt, heap scorn on, pour scorn on, be scornful about, look down on, look down one's nose at, disdain, curl one's lip at, mock, scoff at, sneer at, sniff at, jeer at, laugh at, laugh out of courtView synonyms
- ‘The ‘scholarship’ used to promote the idea would be laughed out of court if applied to any other ancient book.’
- ‘‘Whenever there has been public scrutiny, their evidence has been laughed out of court,’ he says.’
- ‘However, if any one of these players had claimed that they were entitled to aim sectarian abuse at opposition fans or spit on the scarf of an opposition fan, they would be laughed out of court.’
- ‘If a burglar who meticulously planned and executed a bank robbery tried to argue that he was not responsible because of damage to his prefrontal cortex, he would be laughed out of court.’
- ‘Anyone who tried to put it into an election manifesto would be laughed out of court.’
- ‘It's not too far-fetched to say the paper was laughed out of court.’
- ‘He said if he took it to court, given the circumstances, he would be laughed out of court and would have a hard time even finding anyone to take the case.’
- ‘‘It's 23 years since I came to this council with this suggestion, but it was laughed out of court,’ he said.’
- ‘Back in May 2002, this proposal was laughed out of court.’
- ‘I suspect that they dare not make the threat plainly because they know they would be laughed out of court.’
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