no laughing matter


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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.
See also: laugh, matter

no laughing matter

something serious that people should not make jokes about A wound on your foot is no laughing matter when you're a diabetic. Related vocabulary: no joke
See also: laugh, 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.