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running joke

noun
1.
a joke or humorous allusion used recurrently in a play, film, television skit, etc., for a cumulative comic effect.
2.
a subject, reference, remark, etc., that is a continual source of humor.
Also called running gag.
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Examples from the web for running joke
  • Well, not quite all week, but enough that it got to be a running joke.
  • It was so noticeable it became a running joke within the first couple of days.
  • There's kind of a running joke in our office because the number of courts always changes.
  • Since its now nearly thirty years later, her project has become a running joke among her friends and family.
  • Among cardiologists, it has become a running joke: maybe the powerful drugs known as statins should be added to the water supply.

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