tongue in cheek
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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.
tongue in cheekalso 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
tongue in cheekand 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.