Meaning of “standing joke” in the English Dictionary

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"standing joke" in British English

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standing jokenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌstæn.dɪŋ ˈdʒəʊk/ us /ˌstæn.dɪŋ ˈdʒoʊk/

something that a particular group of people are familiar with and laugh about often, especially in an unkind way:

The fact that Debbie is always late has become a standing joke among her friends.

(Definition of “standing joke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)