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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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many a true word is 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—many a true word is spoken in jest. A: "Oh come one, I was only joking! I would never do something like that!" B: "So you say, but many a true word is 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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Tightly her hands clenched each other as Herbert answered jestingly.
Fiercely proud of their city's economic history and what they believe is a more progressive civic life, Carupano residents sometimes jestingly refer to their counterparts in R'o Caribe as Carilocos, a pejorative term derived by combining the town's name and the Spanish word for "crazy.
24) In a separate case, the actor John Hodgson of Lincoln's Inn Fields was individually fined 10 [pounds sterling] on 30 November 1700 for "using prophanely and jestingly the Name of God upon the Stage.
Though even to him that must have sounded too dramatic, and he quickly added, jestingly, "Oh sharper than a serpent's tooth
While I am entirely persuaded that Sterne has nimmed down a copy of Young's sermons from a shelf and clapped in `Five whole Pages, nine round Paragraphs, and a Dozen and a half of good Thoughts all of a row', as he jestingly describes the manufacture of sermons in his `Rabelaisian Fragment', I cannot acquiesce in New's claims about Sterne's `voice' in this sermon and elsewhere.
I jestingly compared my new status to that definition of an eunuch.
Langlois, in his article 'Les Anglais du Moyen Age,' Revue Historique, lii (1893), 309-11, has shown that as early as the twelfth century the English were jestingly accused of having tails.
Guillot relates that after the acceptance of Severac's thesis, Ravel apparently began to jestingly address its author as "Docteur" (p.
Universal's retail line includes Curley Q's Fries, which Proctor compared jestingly to pigs' tails, three varieties of coated fries (Long Branch, Barbecue and Fajita), and tater babies (coated wedges).
In the days of the Harlem Renaissance, when Langston Hughes was being attacked in some quarters for writing about black America's lower classes, Carl Van Vechten remarked jestingly to the poet, "You and I are the only colored people who really love niggers.
Hamlet jestingly baits him but he apparently has some affection for the officious old man and shows real regret at killing him.
His mother, to deter him from entering Arthur's court, says jestingly that she will consent to his doing so only if he conceals his name and goes as a scullion for twelve months.
1st Sem' directors Allan Ibanez and Dexter Hemedez jestingly recalled how they almost ended up in jail because of debts incurred while making the film.
It is not clear whether Webster's footman is 'more upright' than a gentleman usher because more virtuous, or because more athletic and unencumbered with cross-garters, or perhaps, jestingly, both.
There might be a need to have it investigated so that there would be a reenactment in the House, Gonzales jestingly said in a talk with reporters.