laugh·line or laugh line (lăflīn′, läf-)
1. A lasting wrinkle formed at the outer corner of the eye or along the side of the mouth, especially noticeable when one laughs or smiles.
2. A line of dialogue intended to cause laughter: "actors who are directed ... to cutely underline every nuance and laughline" (Laurie Winer).
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