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(with) tongue in cheek

in a way that is not serious, although it appears to be Karl explained, tongue in cheek, that he was busy with housecleaning.
See also: cheek, tongue

tongue in cheek

  also with your tongue in your cheek
if you say something tongue in cheek, what you have said is a joke, although it might seem to be serious 'And we all know what a passionate love life I have!' he said, tongue in cheek.
See bite tongue, find tongue, hold tongue, loosen tongue
See also: cheek, tongue

tongue in cheek

and TIC
phr. & comp. abb. a phrase said when the speaker is joking or not being sincere. My comment was made TIC. Don’t take me seriously.
See also: cheek, tongue


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Adding an alpha-agonist to an antipsychotic also can "be enough to knock out a tic substantially," he said.
Most sponsors know how to structure a TIC that meets IRS requirements, but it pays to consult your tax advisor to ensure that you achieve your tax objectives.
In addition to these tax advantages, TIC investors also enjoy the usual tax benefits of real estate ownership.
There are also verbal tics which include grunting, throat-clearing, shouting and barking that usually occur with the movements' later they may replace one or more motor tics.
Typically, tics increase as a result of tension or stress.
Recently a more unified behavioural model of mechanisms driving tic onset has centred on the tension and on the heightened sensory activation occurring prior to the tic (Evers & van de Wetering, 1994).
No doubt many new issues will emerge as the TIC marketplace matures and investors begin to divest TIC interests.
In a 10 second execution dedicated to new spearmint flavour, a good looking man walks into a bar and suddenly all the women start shaking their spearmint Tic Tac boxes at him.
As the men completed the work for Kellogg, their supervisor told them that he had recommended them to TIC for another phase of the project, said Dunn, one of the aggrieved parties.
This is groundbreaking work that could lead to new insights into the causes of at least some cases of childhood OCD and tic disorders," remarks psychiatrist James F.
The increase in offer price reflects negotiations between a special committee of independent directors of the Company and TIC.
FFION: Definitely the sense of community - I've been part of TiC for the last 15 years and I think the fact that people continue to return to TiC after they have left demonstrates that TiC is more than just a theatre group.
May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Today the Tic Tac brand, known for its iconic-shaped mints and unique packaging, is launching Tic Tac Mixers mints, the newest addition to the Tic Tac family of products.
We are beginning to find sponsors for TIC newsstands and teacher guides, which means more people will soon be able to find TIC on more street corners, as well as supplementing civics education in schools.
The patients I've treated with tic disorders had one thing in common: They knew that the tics worsened when they were under stress.