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English definition of “tongue-in-cheek”

tongue-in-cheek

adjective [before noun]     /ˌtʌŋ.ɪnˈtʃiːk/
describes something that 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. → See also tongue in cheekHumour and humorous
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