laurel and hardy

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Laurel and Hardy (ˈlɒrəl, ˈhɑːdɪ)
 
n
a team of US film comedians, Stan Laurel, 1890--1965, born in Britain, the thin one, and his partner, Oliver Hardy, 1892--1957, the fat one

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Laurel and Hardy definition


Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy, two twentieth-century film comedians who almost always played their movie roles under their own names. Wearing derby hats and neckties, Laurel appeared as a thin, dim-witted Englishman and Hardy as an overweight American, often irritable and pompous. In their films, they constantly get in each other's way and are usually involved in hopeless business undertakings or doomed personal adventures.

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