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English definition of “tongue-in-cheek”

tongue-in-cheek

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌtʌŋ.ɪnˈtʃiːk/ us  
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.
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Humour and humorous
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(Definition of tongue-in-cheek adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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