While she is just now experiencing in her breakout moment in the States, the star has been making them laugh down Under for years.
I had worked so long and so hard for success and had been obliged to laugh down so much scorn that you can imagine my feelings.
No longer could we perch on a branch and laugh down at our carnivorous enemies on the ground.
So you shuffle the cards, and laugh down the five-cent limit.
It is hard to laugh down this species of architecture—the erection of atmospheric mansions.
"I haven't heard any one laugh down there, girls," called the guardian, presenting a smiling face to them.
Perhaps remorse from time to time made her inwardly sorrowful; but she put on a bold countenance, and tried to laugh down rebuke.
It may seem very wise and great to laugh down a weak brother; but surely it is neither kind nor brotherly.
She leaned forward as she spoke, and the bay broke into a gallop, while Dixie sent a laugh down the wind.
late 14c., from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from Proto-Germanic *klakhjanan (cf. Old Norse hlæja, Danish le, Old Frisian hlakkia, Old Saxon hlahhian, Middle Dutch and Dutch lachen, Old High German hlahhan, German lachen, Gothic hlahjan), from PIE *kleg-, of imitative origin (cf. Latin cachinnare "to laugh aloud," Sanskrit kakhati "laughs," Old Church Slavonic chochotati "laugh," Lithuanian klageti "to cackle," Greek kakhazein). Originally with a "hard" -gh- sound, as in Scottish loch; the spelling remained after the pronunciation shifted to "-f."
If I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve. [John Daus, "Sleidanes Commentaries," 1560]Related: Laughed; laughing.
1680s, from laugh (v.). Meaning "a cause of laughter" is from 1895; ironic use (e.g. that's a laugh) attested from 1930. Laugh track "canned laughter on a TV program" is from 1961.