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tongue in cheek

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Definition


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”

  1. Tongue in cheek humor can be subtle, witty, and hard to understand.

  2. 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
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'cricketwallah'
    cricketwallah:

    @rajatjuneja20 Whatever gave you the idea I hate him?! He is a friend and terrific on TV. You probably dont understand tongue in cheek stuff

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'BevaniteEllie'
    BevaniteEllie:

    @loveandgarbage I suppose tongue in cheek humour is hard to get accross on Twitter!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'noblematt'
    noblematt:

    @ShopperX unless im missing something i would say they were tongue in cheek statements not puns? am i just not getting it?

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'undercoverman'
    undercoverman:

    @DarkBeige I think there's a certain amount of deliberate self parody about their wire worship. That article was definitely tongue in cheek.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'biglittlemelody'
    biglittlemelody:

    @mookah Gee, I hope that is said with tongue in cheek! #tongueincheek

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'runfoxrun'
    runfoxrun:

    @UnchartedGunner Yup. but i hope my tongue in cheek, fly off the wall, dry sarcastic aussie joking wasn't mistaken for a flame. ment no harm