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Daemon
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laugh in (one's) sleeve

To rejoice or be amused secretly and/or contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. More...

TheParser
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Thanks for teaching me this idiom.

In my 80 years, I have never heard it.

Is it similar to schadenfreude?

Ms. Smith teaches English at a bad school. She laughs at the other teachers who fear for their safety because of the huge number of thuggish students. "Oh, those boys and girls are just victims of society. I know how to relate to them." One day, one of those "victims" hits her. All the other teachers offered their sympathy while actually laughing in their sleeve.
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laugh in (one's) sleeve
To rejoice or be amused secretly and/or contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. Though feigning sympathy, my colleagues are all laughing in their sleeves at me for being stood up at the altar by my fiancée. I know it's mean-spirited, but I can't help but laugh in my sleeve when I see someone slip on the icy streets.
See also: laugh, sleeve
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