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A statement not meant to be taken seriously. Said as a joke.
Context : Popular Culture
Category: Idiom, Sarcasm
Semantic: joke, sarcasm, wit
A South Park episode (April 2009) poked fun at Kanye West and Carlos Mencia with a simple tongue in cheek joke about fish sticks. See Wikipedia entry on this joke
Usage of “tongue in cheek”
Tongue in cheek humor can be subtle, witty, and hard to understand.
I was speaking with tongue in cheek when I told her she should think about being a model.
Examples of idiom “tongue in cheek” from Twitter