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tongue-in-cheek definition


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

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tongue-in-cheek

adjective
1. cleverly amusing in tone; "a bantering tone"; "facetious remarks"; "tongue-in-cheek advice" [syn: bantering

adverb
1. in a bantering fashion; "he spoke to her banteringly" [syn: banteringly
2. not seriously; "I meant it facetiously" [syn: facetiously
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Example sentences
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.
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