One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she laughed off criticism with good humour’
dismiss, make a joke of, make light of, refuse to acknowledge, overlook, turn a blind eye to, discount, ignore, disregard, shrug off, brush aside, scoff at, pooh-pooh, take no notice of, pay no attention to, play down, never mind
informal cock a snook at
take something to heart
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