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in jest

For fun; as a joke; without sincerity. I know your remarks were only in jest, but they still hurt my feelings.
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there's many a true word spoken in jest

The things that one jokes about may in fact be true or become true. I know she said she was joking about being depressed, but I'm concerned—there's many a true word spoken in jest.
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jest about someone or something

to make jokes about someone or something. There is no need to jest about Lady Bracknell. I wish you would not jest about that.
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jest at someone or something

to make fun of someone or something. Please don't jest at my cousin. Is someone jesting at my hairdo?
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jest with someone

to joke with someone; to try to fool someone. Surely you are jesting with me. Don't jest with me!
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Many a true word is spoken in jest.

 and There's many a true word spoken in jest.
Prov. Just because something is said as a joke, it can still be true. Fred: Why did you make a joke about my being stingy? Do you really think I'm cheap? Ellen: Of course not, don't be silly. It was just a joke. Fred: But many a true word is spoken in jest.
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in ˈjest

as a joke: The remark was made half in jest.‘Many a true word is spoken in jest,’ thought Rosie (= people often say things as a joke that are actually true).
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Not only do Antonio and Sebastian, through their jests, violate a courtier's modesty and gravity; they also, through their jokes, show no respect for the grieving condition of their ruler.
The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning," Antonio jests (2.
In general, the people of the South West (Siamu, Dagara, Lobi, Gan, Djan, Puguli, Birifor) jest with the people of Comoe and Kenedougou (Turka, Gouin, Karaboro, Senoufo).
Similarly, one the of very first jests discussed in the book relates how a wife manages to reveal the affair her husband is having with a maid and have her sacked.
Brown combines a look at phenomena of popular culture with an analysis of an impressive variety of texts, including jest books and drama, coining the term "jesting literature" to encompass the entire field of laughter.
Brown, however, argues that women's importance as consumers and retailers of jests (in which she includes jest books, plays, ballads, tales, and woodcuts) meant that jest-writers had to anticipate women's possible reactions to their product: 'As judging spectators who could grant or withhold laughter, women wielded a small but palpable form of social power' (p.
This popularity of apparently misogynist literature may seem counterintuitive, but Brown finds numerous examples of jests "with potential as resources for female resistance and productive fantasy" (8).
Brown offers a cogent argument for the evidence recorded jests provide about female resistance to the various prescriptions and proscriptions intended to govern their behavior, and compiles wonderfully revealing anecdotes about obstreperous early modern women who elected to play the shrew rather than the sheep.
Dekker's intent, among others, is to unpack or translate a set of seventeenth-century jests for a twenty-first century audience as a window into an emergent Dutch bourgeois culture.
The author impressively analyzes how courtiers preserved or inverted social hierarchy in their jests, or accomplished both at once.
The first extant edition of The Jests of Scoggin dates from 1626; but it was entered in the Stationers' Register around 1556.
The jests and practical jokes are broadly farcical, often brutal, sometimes obscene; but they have a serious theme.
A noted London alewife of the late Elizabethan period, nominal source of many jests and anecdotes, and often mentioned in Elizabethan drama.
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Jests that alluded to the drama of sexuality, voyeurism, commerce, and violence were prominent in all the places where women came together.