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tongue-in-cheek

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌtʌŋ.ɪnˈtʃiːk/ us  
Something that tongue-in-cheek is meant to be understood as a joke, although it might appear to be serious: Her latest play is a firmly tongue-in-cheek look at the world of advertising.
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Translations of “tongue-in-cheek”
in Chinese (Traditional) 開玩笑地, 說著玩地…
in Russian иронический, в шутку…
in Turkish şaka yollu, biraz alaylı, içten olmayan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开玩笑地, 说着玩地…
in Polish żartobliwy, żartem…
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