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English definition of “tongue in cheek”

tongue in cheek

(also with your tongue in your cheek)
If you say something tongue in cheek, you intend it to be understood as a joke, although you might appear to be serious: He said that he was America's greatest lover, although I suspect it was tongue in cheek.
(Definition of tongue in cheek from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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