One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Speaking or writing in an ironic or insincere way.‘one suspects that he is writing with tongue in cheek’‘his tongue is still tucked firmly in his cheek’
playful, in jest, joking, jokey, as a joke, tongue in cheek, light-hearted, high-spirited, unserious, facetious, flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, for a laughView synonyms
- ‘The trouble with me is most of the things I say are tongue in cheek, very flippant.’
- ‘The question was rather tongue in cheek, but it certainly provoked conversation.’
- ‘Remarks like that, no doubt tongue in cheek, are unlikely to calm things.’
- ‘My own favourite notice from the same era was one written by my Oxford College authorities, doubtless with tongue in cheek.’
- ‘Certainly his comments about correct spelling and grammer must be tongue in cheek.’
- ‘I'm not really a fan, I don't find him that funny, so I was a little dubious about it, but it was great, very camp, cheesy and tongue in cheek!’
- ‘If that last comment was intended to be tongue in cheek, the others certainly were not.’
- ‘The topic was chosen to some extent with tongue in cheek, not least because neither I nor my audience would be around in 800 years to verify the accuracy of my predictions.’
- ‘I know I've been talking about the collapse of Japanese society recently, but it was tongue in cheek.’
- ‘An uncle of Niamh and Peter heard the youngsters playing and said, initially with tongue in cheek, that they should make a CD.’
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