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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 huge fan of the president, although I suspect it was tongue in cheek.

tongue-in-cheekadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌtʌŋ.ɪnˈtʃiːk/  us   /ˌtʌŋ.ɪnˈtʃiːk/
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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(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 seeming serious: He made some tongue-in-cheek comment about being very busy cleaning 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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