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adjective & adverb
With ironic or flippant intent.as adjective ‘her delightful tongue-in-cheek humor’as adverb ‘“I swear there's a female conspiracy against men!” he complained, tongue-in-cheek’
frisky, jolly, fun-loving, lively, full of fun, high-spirited, spirited, in high spirits, exuberant, perky, skittish, coltish, kittenishView synonyms
- ‘The film is full of tongue-in-cheek humor that satirizes teen films and action films at the same time.’
- ‘They cannot afford to mock the bands they model themselves on but a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour doesn't go amiss either.’
- ‘Tauranga police today issued a tongue-in-cheek statement saying a robbery had taken place.’
- ‘In a naive but expressive style of drawing and understated, tongue-in-cheek text he manages to insert subtle and serious food for thought.’
- ‘The suggestion was intended as tongue-in-cheek, but the more I think about it the more it makes sense.’
- ‘Stand by for a second helping of tongue-in-cheek humour, sight gags and a great soundtrack that should appeal as much to adults as children.’
- ‘We throw in some salsa and tango, but it's all tongue-in-cheek.’
- ‘In case you didn't already realise, this article is tongue-in-cheek humour.’
- ‘Readers have since contacted us and in a tongue-in-cheek way enquired if there might be a connection between the two articles.’
- ‘This aspect of the performance is played with a beautiful synthesis of tongue-in-cheek humour and sincerity.’
- ‘I think most readers did appreciate that my Times piece was tongue-in-cheek.’
- ‘This was not the tongue-in-cheek response the protestors expected.’
- ‘My suggestion that there be a radio program dedicated to design was actually slightly tongue-in-cheek.’
- ‘I think probably they do think it's too tongue-in-cheek or too funny.’
- ‘The new album has the same tongue-in-cheek humour and upbeat mood as the first album, but seems to lack its clout.’
- ‘The game is rife with tongue-in-cheek humor, a strong storyline and innovative combat techniques.’
- ‘I admit it, I'm always a sucker for these tongue-in-cheek uses of Indian mythology for product advertising.’
- ‘The four lads indeed like to mess around and give tongue-in-cheek answers, when not actually playing with our tape recorders.’
- ‘He agreed that the beginning of the article appeared to be written tongue-in-cheek but the end of it was downright insulting.’
- ‘You may have seen this ad before - and maybe even thought it was cute, sexy and tongue-in-cheek.’
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