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sick joke

1. A joke, story, or anecdote that is meant to be funny but is actually very offensive. He kept telling sick jokes about kids in third-world countries being killed, until someone eventually told him to shut up.
2. Anything that is or seems especially cruel, offensive, or tragic. The government is acting like the $20-a-month increase in the social welfare payments they approved is some huge victory, when in reality its just a sick joke for those who are barely able to survive each month. He worked so hard to sober up and stay off drugs and alcohol, only to be hit by a bus the second week of being clean. It's like a sick joke.
See also: joke, sick

sick joke

An anecdote intended to be humorous but actually in very bad taste, as in His stories turn out to be sick jokes about people who are handicapped in some way. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: joke, sick
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You won't do this to your own car and just leave it surely not?" And other said: "There was a dead sheep up on the Rhigos last night, maybe they picked it up and a sick joke has now backfired on them."
The vice-president of Tom Jones' record label, Island Records, reportedly sent an email to a colleague calling the singer's album a sick joke.
It was a sick joke. I've been on air eight and a half years and I've never read a sick joke out."
The 'life' she finds in Elsewhere seems to be a sick joke. What difference does it make where you live or what you do when you are dead?
The increase in the price of a hospital bed is a sick joke.
Jordon, also known as Katie Price, threatened to sue "nasty" Boyle after he made a sick joke about her handicapped son on his Channel 4 show Tramadol Nights.
The "life" she finds in Elsewhere seems to be a sick joke. What difference does it make where you live or what you do when you are dead?
But Tobi Aftab's astonishment was short-lived when he tried to bank the cheque, discovering the donation was a sick joke.
But the ones handed out to the Wonderland club were a sick joke.
Price, formerly known as Jordan, threatened to sue "nasty" Boyle after he made a sick joke about her handicapped son on his Channel 4 show Tramadol Nights.
But Neil, 34, was even more shocked when he discovered he had been the victim of a sick joke.
A CHARITY boss facing the sack over a sick joke about Madeleine McCann has quit her job.
His mum Deborah said: "The powers that be have got to act." Another parent said: "This is a sick joke - the teacher should be kicked out."
If a member of his own family was in the same dire situation as that of Ken Bigley, then telling a sick joke about it would be the last thing on his mind.