know whether to laugh or cry


know whether to laugh or cry
(not) know whether to laugh or cry to be extremely upset by something bad that has happened.

Then they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.


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  • not know whether to laugh or cry — phrase to feel confused and not know what to do when something bad happens, usually something unexpected Thesaurus: not able to think clearlysynonym Main entry: laugh * * * not know whether to ˌlaugh or ˈcry idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • not know whether to laugh or cry — (not) know whether to laugh or cry to be extremely upset by something bad that has happened. Then they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours. I didn t know whether to laugh or cry …   New idioms dictionary

  • not know whether to laugh or cry — to be very upset by something ridiculous. When they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours, I didn t know whether to laugh or cry …   New idioms dictionary

  • not know whether to laugh or cry — to feel confused and not know what to do when something bad happens, usually something unexpected …   English dictionary

  • 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 — laugh1 [ læf ] verb intransitive *** 1. ) to make the noise with your voice that shows you think something is funny: We talked and laughed late into the night. laugh at: The audience didn t laugh at his jokes. laugh about: They were still… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern 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

  • cry — cry1 W2S2 [kraı] v past tense and past participle cried present participle crying third person singular cries ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(produce tears)¦ 2¦(say loudly)¦ 3 cry over spilt milk 4 for crying out loud 5 cry foul 6¦(animal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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