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laughing matter

see under no joke
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  • There is only one thing in France at the present moment which remains a laughing matter, and that is marriage.

  • "It's no laughing matter, I tell you," she exclaimed miserably.

  • I stole a glance at the "'ole under his eye," and saw that it was no laughing matter to "get a sock in the face from a shell."

    Mad Shepherds L. P. Jacks
  • I tried to make a laughing matter of it when I began, but I cannot—I cannot.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • I mention the episode lightly, but it was no laughing matter.

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