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tongue-in-cheek

tongue-in-cheek in Culture

tongue-in-cheek definition


Ironically: “The critic's remarks of praise were uttered strictly tongue-in-cheek.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Examples for tongue-in-cheek
  • They're both tongue-in-cheek comments, but good thought experiments nonetheless.
  • The tongue-in-cheek revue also included dancing canoes and tabletop hockey players.
  • The tongue-in-cheek humor continued when she was asked how she finally wrangled the gig.
  • Though said tongue-in-cheek, it's still a sweeping statement.
  • Five familiar fairy tales rewritten with tongue-in-cheek endings.
  • They enjoyed her use of myth and metaphor and appreciated her skill in making their meanings literal, yet tongue-in-cheek.
  • Contemporary fables with tongue-in-cheek morals address such topics as homework, curfews, and television commercials.
  • She was talking a little bit tongue-in-cheek about the types of things in the technical annexes.

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