Definition of standing joke in English:

standing joke

noun

  • Something that regularly causes amusement or provokes ridicule:

    ‘we used to tease her about it and it became a standing joke’
    ‘it was a standing joke that if he walked into the office the phone would go’
    • ‘Far from being unaware of NHS Scotland's dire performance, it has become a standing joke in Whitehall - outshone only by the performance of NHS Wales.’
    • ‘For a while it was really annoying; now it's become a bit of a standing joke between us.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the target date for completing the digital conversion, 2006, continues to be seen as little more than a standing joke in the industry.’
    • ‘It used to be a standing joke among the military: the British army could not start the battle until Kate Adie was on the front line.’
    • ‘A standing joke among British and Irish racegoers is that the best method of picking the winner is to go for a French horse that you had never even heard of until a month ago.’
    • ‘Me and Jim agreed that he looked like a little monkey - it was a standing joke between us.’
    • ‘And neighbours, who asked not to be named, said it was a standing joke that washing had been left hanging outside for so long.’
    • ‘The long standing joke among high level quantum mechanics physicists is that if anyone ever says they understand quantum mechanics, they just don't understand quantum mechanics.’
    • ‘Asda spokesman Nick Agarwal said it was a standing joke that men left Christmas shopping to the last minute, which meant their partners were often disappointed.’
    • ‘It is a standing joke that parking attendants are the most reviled creatures in our society.’
    • ‘There was a standing joke on the set that when Karel said ‘excellent’ you knew he was going to do a lot more takes.’
    • ‘There's a standing joke in the town: if you're looking for a singer-songwriter, just yell ‘waiter!’’
    • ‘It's a standing joke among the president's top aides: who gets to deliver the bad news?’
    • ‘Among many of my friends it has become a standing joke.’
    • ‘It's a standing joke that the more morphine I took, the more visually exciting it got.’
    • ‘That last bit is a standing joke aimed at her mother.’
    • ‘I have gift wrapped your article for him as we have a long standing joke going about his baldness.’
    • ‘Has the world's most powerful country become a standing joke?’
    • ‘The standing joke in Liverpool was that we had more ex-Labor councillors in the council chamber than official Labor councillors.’
    • ‘One of the standing jokes through this book is Yanofsky's terrible track record.’
    figure of fun, object of ridicule, dupe, butt, fool, joke, standing joke, everybody's fool, stooge
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