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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. I know she said she was joking about being depressed, but I'm concerned—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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mae o jest y swnio mor 'Glenys a Rhisiart' rhywsut.
The jest book persona Long Meg of Westminster--later subject of an anonymous play--belongs in this tradition of strong female roles, as does the legendary alewife Mother Bunch.
Brown begins by stressing the importance of the neighbourhood as an arena in which jest literature was read, heard, and repeated, where gossip was circulated, and where women passed judgement on their neighbours' behaviour.
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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.
A line from the Greek poet Bion comes to mind: "Little boys throw stones at frogs in jest, though the frogs die, not in jest, but in earnest.
Better a Shrew than a Sheep: Women, Drama, and the Culture of Jest in Early Modern England By Pamela Allen Brown Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003
In Better a Shrew Than a Sheep: Women, Drama, and the Culture of Jest in Early Modern England, Pamela Allen Brown places the witty, insubordinate roles frequently ascribed to women in jesting culture in dialogue with representations of women in conduct books, anti-feminist satire, and plays in England from the Tudor period to the Restoration.
Secondly, he locates the practice of humor within the literature of early modern etiquette books, providing a way of linking the textual expression of jest books with the prescriptive guides for behavior; the result is to complicate our understanding of both text and practice.