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Mocking oneself.‘a wry, self-mocking smile’
- ‘He became determined to succeed as a writer, starting out as a journalist on a local newspaper in England, where he drew on his everyday experiences to write witty, mildly self-mocking columns.’
- ‘His memories are conveyed in the light, self-mocking tones of members of the officer class, who inhabit a world of snug bars, bachelor pads and the Times crossword.’
- ‘He came off the course a little after noon, all philosophical smiles and self-mocking humour.’
- ‘This self-mocking stance is utterly engaging.’
- ‘The obligatory trip round the Oval Office is now so much of a ritual that he approaches it with the wry, self-mocking tone of an ersatz tour guide.’
- ‘Added to that, its clever, self-mocking charm will make it hard to come away feeling anything other than thoroughly entertained!’
- ‘Instead, with huge dollops of self-mocking humour he describes himself as ‘a new man’.’
- ‘There is an obvious element of parody or self-mocking in the Wild West glamour of these lyrics, yet they still stand as a constructed and presumably attractive fantasy for listeners.’
- ‘Generally, though, it's so self-mocking as to be a little endearing.’
- ‘You can see it as an elaborate, self-reinventing, self-mocking form of ceremonial slapstick, where everyone gets pounded and everyone gets to have a belly laugh.’
- ‘The score and the lyrics have something of Sondheim's sophisticated, sceptical humour, and the three actor-singers handle them with agile, self-effacing, sometimes self-mocking skill.’
- ‘Her views are a complex balance of reactionary and radical, feisty and brittle, arrogant and self-mocking.’
- ‘She has an appealing, sometimes self-mocking voice, and a characteristic form - many of the poems cover about one-half to two-thirds of the page.’
- ‘She stood somewhat shakily and took two slow, dragging steps before sitting down heavily once more with a self-mocking smile.’
- ‘With the disillusioned introspection of advancing years, the portraits, in his studio garb of coif and scarf, are almost self-mocking.’
- ‘Was this a self-mocking joke or a sly confession?’
- ‘This, of course, is the self-mocking director helpfully reducing a decade of celluloid sensationalism down to cheap tabloid soundbites.’
- ‘Our self-mocking domestic equivalent to America's invincible locomotive is the platoon of lawnmowers that shaved the Astroturf in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.’
- ‘Russians feel passionately about their folk music, reflecting as it does values of courage, pride and love, as well as a self-mocking humour that is charmingly British.’
- ‘It is a tone which is self-mocking, generous and warm.’
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