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gallows humor

noun
1.
humor that treats serious, frightening, or painful subject matter in a light or satirical way.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • In fact, there's a sort of gallows humor that gets tossed around.
  • There's gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day.
  • It's honest and haunting and ripe with gallows humor.
  • He seldom complained, and he bolstered his courage with gallows humor.
  • It was the subject of gallows humor for hours that night.

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