no laughing matter


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no laughing matter

A very serious topic or situation; something that should not be treated lightly or as funny in any way. Boys, this is no laughing matter. One of you could have been seriously hurt. Termites are no laughing matter. They've been known to destroy entire homes.
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no laughing matter

a serious issue or problem. Be serious. This is no laughing matter. This disease is no laughing matter. It's quite deadly if not treated immediately.
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no laughing matter

If you say that something is no laughing matter, you mean that it is very serious and not something that you should laugh or joke about. Their behaviour is an offence. It's no laughing matter.
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Spending holidays alone is no laughing matter," says comedy maestro Jamie Masada, owner of Laugh Factory, who started feeding Hollywood's unemployed at the club's sister venue in LA 25 years ago.
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A 3 percent increase is no laughing matter,'' said Malcolm Kushner, who developed the index a dozen years ago for release near April Fools' Day.
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A 3 percent increase is no laughing matter,'' said Malcolm Kushner, who developed the whimsical index 11 years ago for release near April Fools' Day.