doubling up

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What is the meaning of doubling up in this context:

She just sat there, staring out at them, and the laughter kept swelling, getting louder and louder. People were holding their bellies and doubling up and pointing at her. Tommy was the only one who wasn’t looking at her. He was sort of slumped over in his seat as if he’d gone to sleep. You couldn’t tell he was hurt, though: he was splashed too bad.
Source: Carrie by Stephen King

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  • dojibear

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    English - Northeast US
    Assuming people are seated, when laughing hard they may "double up" (sort of like "fold up") bend your chest forward so far your face is at your knees.

    People can be "doubled up" with/in pain or "doubled up" with laughter.
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