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gallows humour

noun [U] UK (US gallows humor) uk   us  
jokes or humorous remarks that are made about unpleasant or worrying subjects such as death and illness
Translations of “gallows humour”
in Chinese (Traditional) 絞刑架下的幽默, 大難臨頭的幽默…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绞刑架下的幽默, 大难临头的幽默…
(Definition of gallows humour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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