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a real howler

1. A mistake, error, or blunder that causes great laughter at the expense of the person who commits it, i.e., one that results in "howling" laughter. Do you remember when John actually slipped on a banana peel? That was a real howler.
2. An extremely funny joke, anecdote, or remark that results in "howling" laughter. Boy, Jerry sure knows some real howlers. I thought my sides were going to split I was laughing so hard.
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howler

n. a serious and obvious mistake; a funny error. Who is responsible for this howler on the Wilson account?
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PRIMATE keeper Jade Reddall got crafty with power tools when it came to constructing new enrichment for DZG's six black howler monkeys.
While studying primates in Mexico, Dunn heard drastic differences between resident howler monkeys.
EXTENSION OF THE CONTACT ZONE AND PROBABLE HYBRIDIZATION BETWEEN BROWN HOWLER MONKEYS (Alouatta guariba clamitans) AND BLACK-AND-GOLD HOWLER MONKEYS (Alouatta caraya) (PRIMATES, ATELIDAE) IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL
The howler monkey study was part of Kelaita's doctoral dissertation work at U-M's Department of Anthropology.
And the monkeys will often wake you up in the morning, especially the howlers.
The loyalty of a highly impressive young man to his hometown club; what an inspiration Steven Gerrard is; loyalty of a manager towards a goalkeeper who has had more howlers than a werewolf.
There have been some high-profile howlers in the past couple of weeks and I will say the same as the rest of the managers.
Howler: Paul Simpson and Akinbiyi win this joint award for two howlers late on.
When Brenda Salgado arrived in northern Belize five years ago to begin field studies of black howlers, she quickly realized that her task involved more than just observing monkey behavior.
Despite its occasional howlers and cliches, Brown's autobiographical enterprise in this mammoth retrospective attests to a genuine fierceness of spirit.
This produced a mosaic of different aged forests, which was great habitat for the howlers.
This year the auction boasts over 135 packages including a cloth eyeglass case from the Marilyn Monroe estate and one of the few prop Howlers donated by the producers of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The report further said that a succession of howlers marred Ashes Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord's, both won by England, while Australia's use of the review concept has come under attack.
The other howlers under study were two wild troops from campo Las Lomas, a 623-ha private-owned land, located in San Cosme District, Corrientes province, in the northeast of Argentina (27[grados]23'S; 58[grados]22'O).
The Blues were gifted their win courtesy of some calamitous howlers from the visitors.