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gallows humor

Humor that aims to make grim subjects, like death, funny or comical. (A "gallows" is the wooden frame from which criminals were traditionally hanged.) A: "Why would he say a morbid thing like that?" B: "Oh, that's just how Uncle Ned is—he's prone to gallows humor."
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He successfully illustrates the bond that exists amongst these men, which is a fertile ground for gallows humour.
The film is a grimy metaphor for sickness and stupidity; a great piece of storytelling with a restrained balance of laidback chat and canny visual outbursts, and a delicious thread of gallows humour running through it.
Funerals crop up quite a bit in Liz's rather melancholy output, and although she is inspired by the maudlin, she serves her songs with a big smattering of gallows humour.
Stephane Sessegnon's pinpoint 20-yard effort and Cristian Riveros' stoppage-time third sealed the victory in the second half, during which the Hammers fans demonstrated their gallows humour with more than one ironic conga.
WARREN GATLAND last night revealed how his Wales players' gallows humour had kept him sane.
8-12) is hilarious, while gallows humour suffuses his anecdote (Concern for the Dead 12.
It's not quite gallows humour, but approaches it at high speeds.
MIDDLESBROUGH fans resorted to gallows humour after a performance in keeping with their meek Premier League campaign - frustration head coach Steve Agnew fully understood.
THEY call it gallows humour, and for Everton, even at the depth of their current crisis, it has kept them motivated.
Each track was introduced by his usual gallows humour, setting the tone for beautifully melancholic pieces, such as For Joe and Buckstacy.
Football fans are known for their gallows humour and our message is a bit of fun - and maybe a bit of a tongue-in-cheek warning to Stoke fans.
The Scottish author Iain Banks, though, has spoken with great honesty and even gallows humour about the cancer that will within months end his life at the age of 59.
ARMY OF DARKNESS: EVIL DEAD 3 WITH the first two Evil Dead films seeped in both gory horror and OTT gallows humour, the third outing saw the film's chainsaw-wielding anti-hero transported back to medieval times to confront, at their source, the ancient demonic spirits plaguing him.
Gallows humour and terrifying tales guaranteed to raise goose-bumps.
Must be gallows humour, as there won't be much to laugh about given the council's huge pounds 330 million cuts programme.