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 Lattice or Chequers.Laugh on the Other Side of Your Mouth. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Laugh in One’s Sleeve (To).
 
The French is: “Rire sous cape,” or “Rire sous son bonnet.” The German is: “Ins faüstchen lachen.” The Latin is: “In stomacho ridre.” These expressions indicate secret derision; laughing at one, not with one. But such phrases as “In sinu gaudre” mean to feel secret joy, to rejoice in one’s heart of hearts.   1
 


 Lattice or Chequers.Laugh on the Other Side of Your Mouth. 

 
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