with tongue in cheek

with (your) tongue in (your) cheek

He was talking with his tongue in his cheek.

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Main Entry:tongue

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with your tongue in your ˈcheek | with tongue in ˈcheek idiom
if you say sth with your tongue in your cheek, you are not being serious and mean it as a joke
Main entry:tongueidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • with tongue in cheek — (with) tongue in cheek in a way that is not serious, although it appears to be. Karl explained, tongue in cheek, that he was busy with housecleaning …   New idioms dictionary

  • (with) tongue in cheek — insincerely or ironically. → tongue …   English new terms dictionary

  • with tongue in cheek — ► (with) tongue in cheek insincerely or ironically. Main Entry: ↑tongue …   English terms dictionary

  • (with) tongue in cheek — idi as a joke; ironically …   From formal English to slang

  • tongue in cheek — (with) tongue in cheek in a way that is not serious, although it appears to be. Karl explained, tongue in cheek, that he was busy with housecleaning …   New idioms dictionary

  • tongue in cheek — ► (with) tongue in cheek insincerely or ironically. Main Entry: ↑tongue …   English terms dictionary

  • tongue in cheek — adverb (or adjective) : with insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration * * * tongue in cheek see under ↑tongue • • • Main Entry: ↑cheek * * * (with) tongue in cheek without really meaning what one is saying or writing * * * adv …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tongue-in-cheek — is a term used to refer to humor in which a statement, or an entire fictional work, is not meant to be taken seriously, but its lack of seriousness is subtle. The origin of its usage comes from when Spanish minstrels would perform for various… …   Wikipedia

  • tongue-in-cheek — if you say something tongue in cheek, what you have said is a joke, although it might seem to be serious. She writes a very engaging and at times tongue in cheek account of her first meeting with the royal family …   New idioms dictionary

  • tongue-in-cheek — (adj.) 1933, from phrase to speak with one s tongue in one s cheek to speak insincerely (1748), which somehow must have been suggestive of sly irony or humorous insincerity, but the exact notion is obscure …   Etymology dictionary

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