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in jest

For fun; as a joke; without sincerity. I know your remarks were only in jest, but they still hurt my feelings.
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there's many a true word spoken in jest

The things that one jokes about may in fact be true or become true. She might sound happy, but I'm not convinced—there's many a true word spoken in jest.
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jest about someone or something

to make jokes about someone or something. There is no need to jest about Lady Bracknell. I wish you would not jest about that.
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jest at someone or something

to make fun of someone or something. Please don't jest at my cousin. Is someone jesting at my hairdo?
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jest with someone

to joke with someone; to try to fool someone. Surely you are jesting with me. Don't jest with me!
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Many a true word is spoken in jest.

 and There's many a true word spoken in jest.
Prov. Just because something is said as a joke, it can still be true. Fred: Why did you make a joke about my being stingy? Do you really think I'm cheap? Ellen: Of course not, don't be silly. It was just a joke. Fred: But many a true word is spoken in jest.
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in ˈjest

as a joke: The remark was made half in jest.‘Many a true word is spoken in jest,’ thought Rosie (= people often say things as a joke that are actually true).
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15) Sebastian's and Antonio's biting puns are only one kind of jest.
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Why, for example, does Fisher delight in dropping the anecdote about Warren Beatty offering -- in jest, she says -- to deflower her while making ``Shampoo,'' but leave unnamed the ``Marlboro Man'' (presumably Harrison Ford) with whom she dallied during the making of ``Star Wars''?
Brown said he was only speaking in jest when he approached the officer during a night out drinking with friends after final exams and said: "Excuse me, do you realize your horse is gay?
Brown combines a look at phenomena of popular culture with an analysis of an impressive variety of texts, including jest books and drama, coining the term "jesting literature" to encompass the entire field of laughter.
Trouble is, some of the truest comments are made in jest.
An insensitive remark about the people of Fairwater in Cardiff may have been made in jest but very few will see the joke.
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Nid yn unig rydym ni'n gwirioni gyda sEr y sgron fawr neu arwyr o bob math - o'r cae chwarae i bobl gyffredin sy'n gwneud pethau anghyffredin yn yr amgylchiadau iawn - mae gennym ni jest cymaint o ddiddordeb dros ben llestri mewn selebs sy'n agosach at waelod yr wyddor o ran eu statws ym myd adloniant.