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“I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,” said Dill.
Jem and I stopped in our tracks.
‘Yes sir, a clown,” he said. “There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.”
(Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird)

Is ‘my head off’ the result of the action of ‘laugh’?

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Laugh my head off is an idiom, and it means "to laugh very loudly and for a long time."

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As Kiamaluno points out, "Laugh <one's> head off" is an idiom. It can be grammatically parsed as follows:

I'm gonna… laugh my head off.
[I am going to]… laugh [so hard that] my head [falls] off [of my body].

"my head" is the direct object of the verb "laugh". "off" is a preposition, which describes where "my head" goes.

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