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    laugh like a hyena

    Hi,

    What kind of laugh is that?
    Thanks.

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    Re: laugh like a hyena

    It is hysterical laughter. Really hearty, side-splitting laughter.


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    Re: laugh like a hyena

    Hi Bouty Hunter,

    Do you use it on someone with somewhat a negative connotation?

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    Re: laugh like a hyena

    Quote Originally Posted by MadHorse View Post
    Hi Bouty Hunter,
    Do you use it on someone with somewhat a negative connotation?
    I don't think so. It's just uninhibited laughter.- in BE, at least. In some contexts, though, it could be used to indicate mechanistic or heartless or humourless laughter, but other words in the context would be involved:

    They weren't listening to their leader's words, but laughing dutifully - like hyenas - whenever his intonation suggested the end of a 'joke'.

    b


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    Re: laugh like a hyena

    Got it. Thanks Bob.

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