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chawr tuhl

  • n  a soft partly suppressed laugh
  • v  laugh quietly or with restraint

  • Martin's wars are multifaceted and ambiguous, as are the men and women who wage them and the gods who watch them and chortle, and somehow that makes them mean more.
  • Secretly, the Bush people chortle that Clinton on many issues has become a Republican.
  • One day, while standing at the back of a crowd listening to Reagan speak, Milt leaned over and, with an affectionate chortle, said, "Look at him.
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    We’ve all done it -- giggled at poorly timed flatulence or howled when someone takes a pie to the face. Laughter is one of the most human things we can experience, and if we’re lucky, we chortle, chuckle, crack up, giggle, grin or guffaw every day.
    June 28, 2013 - KPCC Pasadena

  • President Bush in Newsweek
    The line that the telemarketers use with the little smirk, in fact, the telemarketing script we have actually says, 'chortle now.' I love that line. When they say, 'Well, of course, you know Harvard Ph.Ds who can hardly tie their shoes and can't... John Bear CBS News Nov 10, 2004 17608 24602 chorus It is time for Robert Mugabe to go," President George W. Bush said on Tuesday. "We urge others from the region to step up and join the growing chorus of voices calling for an end to Mugabe's tyranny."

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