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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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While studying primates in Mexico, Dunn heard drastic differences between resident howler monkeys.
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In truth, though, they are more examples of artistic licence rather than continuity howlers.
Have you spotted any howlers? There's pounds 5 for every TV letter printed each FridayCHANNEL 5 has shown plenty of tripe over the years but it's finally got its hands on a golden nugget.
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WE asked you for your views on TV, whether it's not like it used to be or the howlers that you spot.
WE asked you for your views on TV, whether it's not what it used to be and the howlers that you spot.
Have you spotted any howlers? We'll be printing your letters every Friday and the best one will get pounds 25.
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