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Be a serious matter or difficult undertaking:‘trying to shop with three children in tow is no joke’
- ‘To me that is no joke, should be taken seriously, and, I believe, is a vile form of self-expression.’
- ‘Driving round York, particularly at rush hour, is no joke.’
- ‘Having our principal industry in decline is no joke.’
- ‘I was reprimanded as she told me this was no joke.’
- ‘He said: ‘I was chased for 16 miles yesterday and it was no joke, I can tell you.’’
- ‘But denominational discrimination was no joke in those days.’
- ‘The parents exchanged glances; this was no joke.’
- ‘Her father's life was at stake, and that was no joke.’
- ‘No one is laughing, Bertie, because driving at 95 mph is no joke.’
- ‘We were really shocked when we found out that it was no joke.’
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