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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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Gallows humour and terrifying tales guaranteed to raise goose-bumps.
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.
Everyone knows some races are of a much lower standard than others and, as a sometime part-owner of several horses who have run in modest grades I, along with my fellow owners, have often used gallows humour as a way of dealing with the reality that our horse is not the next Shergar.
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At least the English tradition of gallows humour has been maintained at Soho Square.
It's not quite gallows humour, but approaches it at high speeds.
Some 240 leading questions are answered with phenomenal knowledge, interspersed with awful gallows humour, followed by an anthology of largely tasteless death poetry, a glossary and 10 appendices.
THEY call it gallows humour, and for Everton, even at the depth of their current crisis, it has kept them motivated.
The 28-yearold said: "It's gallows humour, really, trying to relieve Birmingham fans of the constant nightmare and dark cloud hanging over our heads for the last few years.
Set in a Job Centre, the staff banter, the colourful clients and the gallows humour make working for a living seem quite boring
uk DANNY LENNON admits gallows humour pulled him though the darkest days of his St Mirren reign.
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.