Some English idioms about laughter – and trying not to laugh in funny situations
Listen, read, and guess what the idioms mean. Then check below.
A Very Funny Joke
Somebody told a very funny joke at the office yesterday, and we were all in stitches for five minutes afterwards. Then the boss came in. He was in a bad mood and started to talk about a work problem. I couldn’t forget the joke and I couldn’t keep a straight face. The boss asked me what I was smiling at. When I told him, he just looked at me and said nothing. I thought he was going to throw me out. But then he burst out laughing!
in stitches – laughing so much that it hurts
keep a straight face – not smile or laugh when something funny happens
burst out laughing – laugh suddenly and loudly