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Meaning of “tongue in cheek” in the English Dictionary

"tongue in cheek" in British English

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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 a ​hugefan of the ​president, ​although I ​suspect it was tongue in ​cheek.

tongue-in-cheekadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˌtʌŋ.ɪnˈtʃiːk/
meant to be ​understood as a ​joke, ​although it might ​appear to be ​serious: Her ​latestplay is a ​firmly tongue-in-cheek ​look at the ​world of ​advertising.
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(Definition of tongue in cheek from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tongue-in-cheeknoun, adjective

 us   /ˈtʌŋ·ɪnˈtʃik/
intended to be ​understood as a ​joke, ​although often ​seemingserious: He made some tongue-in-cheek ​comment about being very ​busycleaning his ​house.
(Definition of tongue-in-cheek from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tongue in cheek”
in Turkish şaka yollu, biraz alaylı, içten olmayan…
in Russian иронический, в шутку…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开玩笑地, 说着玩地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開玩笑地, 說著玩地…
in Polish żartobliwy, żartem…
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