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funny bone

noun
1.
the part of the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes by the internal condyle of the humerus, which when struck causes a peculiar, tingling sensation in the arm and hand; crazy bone.
2.
a sense of humor.
Origin of funny bone
1830-1840
1830-40
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Examples from the Web for funny-bone
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  • I shore went to a the-a-ter, but she didn't get my funny-bone busy none.

  • The General chuckled suddenly, as if something had hit his funny-bone.

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • He landed on the funny-bone of a boy struggling with Marty for the ball.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Before I knew how it came about the pipe case had quitted my hand, which was caught close to the funny-bone and tingled horribly.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • I tell you what every woman knows: that Eve wasn't made from the rib of Adam, but from his funny-bone.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • He's the funny-bone and gristle of the country,' said Andy, 'and I don't know who we would do without him.'

  • "Reckon I've got a funny-bone in my head," he said impatiently.

  • “You must have hit your funny-bone, or something,” hinted Miss Pipkin as she poured a cup of the reheated coffee.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • He cannot be complete in aughtWho is not humorously prone; A man without a merry thoughtCan hardly have a funny-bone.

  • You must have knocked your funny-bone against the edge of the counter.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for funny-bone

funny bone

noun
1.
the area near the elbow where the ulnar nerve is close to the surface of the skin: when it is struck, a sharp tingling sensation is experienced along the forearm and hand Also called (US) crazy bone
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funny-bone in Medicine

funny bone fun·ny bone (fŭn'ē)
n.
A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a tingling sensation if knocked against bone.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with funny-bone

funny bone

1.
A point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve runs close to the surface and produces a sharp tingling sensation when knocked against the bone. For example, Ouch! I just banged my funny bone. The expression is a pun on humerus (pronounced the same as humorous), the Latin name for the long bone of the arm. [ Early 1800s ]
2.
A sense of humor, as in That comedian really tickles my funny bone. This expression is derived from def. 1.
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