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joking apart

In all seriousness; being frank for a moment. Primarily heard in UK. Just flew in from Denver, huh? Your arms must be tired! Joking apart, how was your trip out here? I give my brother a hard time for the gangly way he runs, but joking apart, he's quite a remarkable athlete.
See also: apart, joke

ˌjoking aˈpart/aˈside

(British English) used to show that you are now being serious after you have said something funny: No, but joking apart, do you think we should go and see if she’s OK?
See also: apart, aside, joke
References in classic literature ?
And as all choice and reasoning can be really calculated--because there will some day be discovered the laws of our so-called free will--so, joking apart, there may one day be something like a table constructed of them, so that we really shall choose in accordance with it.
"But joking apart," said Prince Andrew, "do you really think the campaign is over?"
'Joking apart, Jerry, old man,' he said, 'what did you ask me to come here for?
"Joking apart, having a good partner is the secret of my success.
"Joking apart, Bielsa has been very honest, it's up to Leeds and up to the authorities.
Joking apart, when I stepped out into the world of sound and melody, I was amazed.
Joking apart, I try and grab as much family time as possible.
"All joking apart, he was magnificent and we've had so many injuries, so many defensive injuries that it's so difficult, and I managed to pick the shape that suited us best with the three at the back.
He said: "Joking apart, he outruns everyone and has better dribbling skills than any player I have ever coached.
"All joking apart, David said you can find what the players are up to.
Joking apart, let's hope the madness ends here, before you're down in the park one day and come face to face with Mary Berry the pug dog.
Joking apart, it is good to see the arts (the visual and horticultural at least) being celebrated in these times of austerity.
Dave said: "I'm actually looking forward to taking part along with the thousands of others and it will be good to know that there are a few post offices on the route so I can collect my pension money!" "All joking apart, I thrilled my family are going to be taking part and that Zoe's Place have over 250 runners and volunteers, so I'll feel well supported on the day."