|Main Entry:||standing joke|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||something that is familiar to two or more people and gives them continual amusement|
Something that is always funny even though it is often repeated. For example, Mary's "Dennis who?" when her husband is mentioned is a standing joke around here. This idiom employs standing in the sense of "established" or "regular," a usage dating from the mid-1500s.