One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Laugh or be humorous about (something that is not funny in itself).
ridicule, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, make a joke of, mock, sneer at, jibe at, jeer at, deride, scorn, scoff atView synonyms
- ‘I told him I was kidding and made a joke of it, but he seemed a little wounded.’
- ‘He helped her into the sleeping bag and tried to make a joke of the incident, ‘Do you want me to make a coat out of that bear?’’
- ‘I made a joke of it, but it really was beginning to concern me.’
- ‘I had to make a joke of it at the time but I was so angry and hurt.’
- ‘But the woman brushed him off, making a joke of his request.’
- ‘I tried to make a joke of it, but my laugh was fake, a desperate tint to it, well the whole thing seemed desperate actually.’
- ‘Jake's eyes glimmered mischievously and I knew that he was just making a joke of the situation.’
- ‘Even making a joke of it initially may break the ice and make you come across somewhat less adversarial.’
- ‘Now, if they'd played it properly, they'd have made a joke of it.’
- ‘Lying, or even making a joke of it, would be far more effective.’
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