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die laughing

Experience extreme amusement, as in When his pants fell down, I thought I'd die laughing. This hyperbolic expression was used by Shakespeare in The Taming of the Shrew (3:2): “Went they not quickly, I should die with laughing.” Also see split one's sides.

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