Laurel and Hardy

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From the name of a famous American comedy duo from the 1920s and 1930s.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɒɹ.əl ænd ˈhɑː.di/, /ˈlɔːɹ.əl ænd ˈhɑː.di/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɔɹ.əl ænd ˈhɑɹ.di/

Proper noun[edit]

Laurel and Hardy

  1. Any duo who are so inept at practical tasks as to be humorous.
    • 2000, Patrick McGilligan, Film Crazy: Interviews with Hollywood Legends[1], page 89:
      We put a Laurel and Hardy thing together. With ordinary actors I've tried this, and it's like playing music without an instrument, but these guys could do anything.
    • 2012, Patrick C. Reidy, A Cocktail of Tales[2], page 14:
      Then about a hundred yards ahead, two men, one rotund the other thin and spare, leaped over a gate onto the road. They had the appearance of a Laurel and Hardy duo.
    • 2012, Richard Martin, SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future[3], page 180:
      The session quickly devolved into a Laurel-and-Hardy skit, as an NRC bureaucrat named Lawrence Kokajko was grilled by the commissioners, particularly Hamilton, a man used to having bureaucrats tremble before him.
    • 2012, The Black & White Photography Book[4]:
      [] when someone has a Laurel and Hardy moment where they slip on a banana skin []
    • 2013, David Hale Smith, Dallas Noir[5], page 211:
      She was heavy: not fat, but solid, and it looked good on her; still, we must have seemed a Laurel and Hardy match, the two times we would have been observed together in public, me being whichever comedy star was the lanky one.
    • 2014, Paul "Monty" Choy, The Flying Dragon[6], page 45:
      When he got up to answer, I noticed the boy at the other end of the desk was partially standing. This happened every time. So I quietly walked around and noticed that the long bench they were sitting [sic] had a leg missing at the end. Sensing a Laurel-and-Hardy situation, I could not resist the temptation.
    • 2014, Keith Scott, The Moose That Roared: The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose[7]:
      Variety (February 22)reported, “Ward and Scott have sketched out plans for the production of Green Hopper, a 30 minute show revolving around a frog, wolf and bear; Simpson and Delaney—a Laurel and Hardy animated duo, and Super Chicken.


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