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a real howler

1. A mistake, error, or blunder that causes great laughter at the expense of the person who commits it, i.e., one that results in "howling" laughter. Do you remember when John actually slipped on a banana peel? That was a real howler.
2. An extremely funny joke, anecdote, or remark that results in "howling" laughter. Boy, Jerry sure knows some real howlers. I thought my sides were going to split I was laughing so hard.
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howler

n. a serious and obvious mistake; a funny error. Who is responsible for this howler on the Wilson account?
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Howler monkeys are some of the loudest animals in the world.
The howler monkey study was part of Kelaita's doctoral dissertation work at U-M's Department of Anthropology.
The home side forged further ahead in the 19th minute courtesy of another howler from Keenan.
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BLUNDER keeper Lukasz Fabianski made two howlers as Arsenal suffered Champions League disaster last night.
Howlers happen but to do it twice is unbelievable and it's the first time I've seen Boruc lose his focus twice in a game.
MY friend works on a computer firm's techical support hotline and hears some howlers.
CHELTENHAM hammered another nail into York's coffin, as two defensive howlers marked their 16th game without a win.
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Ferrero capitalised on the Armenian's unforced errors in the first, second and fourth sets - but lost the third with some howlers of his own.
But an exasperated County manager Peter Nicholas, who did not know whether to feel happy or sad afterwards, said: ``We should have won the game easily but we made two howlers at the back and had to make a good comeback to save a point.