"roar with laughter" is American or British? What is meaning of it?

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    It means to laugh loudly. I'm sure it is used in both American and British English (but don't know where it was first used). – nnnnnn May 16 '16 at 12:10

In such locutions, {intransitive verb} with {noun}, the object of the preposition with is that which causes or motivates, or informs the action expressed by the verb.

He bounced with joy.

Joy made him bounce.

He roared with laughter.

Laughter made him roar.

He danced with glee.

Glee made him dance.

He shuddered with fear.

Fear made him shudder.

He seethed with anger.

Anger made him seethe.

The meaning is:

He was so joyful, he was bouncing.

He was laughing so hard and so loudly, he roared.

He was so gleeful, he was dancing.

He was so afraid, he shuddered.

He was so angry, he was seething.

As you can see from the examples, usually the {verb} is figurative or exaggerated. People do not actually reach a boil when they are angry, and they don't actually bounce like a ball when they're happy, though they might jump up and down.

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    He flirted with danger. – nnnnnn May 16 '16 at 13:14
  • @nnnnnn: I've qualified with "intransitive". – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 16 '16 at 13:20
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    He ran with difficulty. – nnnnnn May 16 '16 at 13:27
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    I was giving an example of {intransitive verb} with {noun} where the noun didn't cause the verb. Anyway, it's OK, I don't really think your explanation was meant to apply to literally every possible combination of {intransitive verb} with {noun} - I agree that it does apply to a lot of cases. "He ran difficultly" doesn't really make sense. "He ran with difficulty" does make sense. – nnnnnn May 16 '16 at 13:32
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    Well... Yes, in my example "with difficulty" is the manner in which "he ran". I'm not quite sure what you mean about the manner being the result of the agency; what if the reason why he had difficulty running was not related to why he was running? (But again, I don't expect your explanation to apply to all cases.) – nnnnnn May 16 '16 at 13:47

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