Definition of can (or can't) take a joke in English:

can (or can't) take a joke

phrase

  • Be able (or unable) to deal with humorous remarks or tricks without becoming angry or offended.

    ‘if you can't take a joke, you should never have joined’
    • ‘I should have added that they can't take a joke either.’
    • ‘I love a girl who can take a joke, who's ready for anything.’
    • ‘It is advisable to make sure you select a boss who can take a joke.’
    • ‘I thought he'd be a little stung by that, but the guy can take a joke.’
    • ‘The British like to imagine that they are easy-going and can take a joke while not taking matters too seriously.’