Laugh though you will, all the drug dealers and gang members had one of these long before any police officer I knew did.

What does "laugh though you will" mean here?

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    You can read it as although I know you are going to laugh at this, or go ahead and laugh, but. Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 12:20
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    It's just "although you will laugh" with the word order changed to put additional emphasis on both laugh and will. It's not an uncommon turn of phrase, but of a higher register and a bit old-fashioned. I would advise against trying to use it yourself at this stage.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 15:26
  • I think it's worth noting that in this context, laughter is typically a stand-in for scorn or incredulity. So the beginning of the sentence can be read as "You may not want to believe this but..."
    – user888379
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 15:34
  • What is it they all had?
    – Xanne
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 21:58

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"You can laugh if you like, but all the drug dealers…" "You may find this amusing, but all the drug dealers…"

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