a real howler

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.
See also: howler, real
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A real howler from Luton goalkeeper Ovendale, who failed to hold a vicious corner flung into his near post, allowed Bidstrup to complete Wigan's victory with a close-range header after 54 minutes.