The class didn't seem to mind the plot. They loved it. They were laughing out there.

I wonder in that context what the meaning of out is.

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    It's part of the phrase out there. – Barmar Dec 19 '14 at 20:54

You're thinking of it wrong.

Your grouping:

They were | laughing out | there

when it should be

They were | laughing | out there

"out there" is a phrase meaning basically something outside or away.

  • thanks DaemonOfTheWest. What about the expression "laughing out loudly". is it completely different? – AR AM Dec 19 '14 at 21:05
  • then I can't understand the meaning. I don't guess the sentence means the class laughing outside or laughing away. I guess "out" in that context means something like completely. I wonder if I am right. Please pardon my terrible English. – AR AM Dec 19 '14 at 21:20
  • @AR AM: Out loud is by way of contrast with silently, inwardly (as in "He laughed to himself"). – FumbleFingers Dec 19 '14 at 21:27
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    @ARAM There's no context in your quote. It could be said by an actor on a stage, talking about an audience "out there". – Andrew Leach Dec 19 '14 at 21:28
  • Even if it's not said by an actor, it is still quite frequent to say, “out there in the audience”. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 20 '14 at 0:54

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