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(all) 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 all 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
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