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split (one’s) sides

To laugh uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You’ll have them splitting their sides!

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split one’s sides (with laughter)

Fig. to laugh so hard that one’s sides almost split. (Always an exaggeration.) The members of the audience almost split their sides with laughter. When I heard what happened to Patricia, I almost split my sides.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

split one’s sides

Also, laugh one’s head off. Be extremely amused, laugh uproariously. For example, That comedian had us splitting our sides, or Jane laughed her head off when she saw Rob’s costume. The first of these hyperbolic terms dates from about 1700.

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split your sides

be convulsed with laughter. informal

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split your ˈsides (laughing/with laughter)

laugh a lot; laugh loudly: When she started singing in that funny voice, we nearly split our sides.

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split one’s sides

To laugh heartily.

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split one’s sides, to

To laugh uproariously. This hyperbole dates from the seventeenth century. Thomas Brown used it in Saints in Uproar (1687): “You’d break a man’s sides with laughing.” The word “split” came into use somewhat later. Dickens used it in The Old Curiosity Shop (1840), “He bade fair to split his sides with laughing,” and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), “I laughed fit to split.” See also shake with laughter.

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