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a joke

An object of ridicule, contempt, or dismissal, especially due to being inadequate, defective, or not genuine. Their customer service is a total joke. I was on the phone for nearly two hours just to be told that they couldn't identify the problem and wouldn't help me any further. I spent nearly $800 on this phone, and it stopped working after just a month. What a joke! Their offense would be pretty formidable if their quarterback weren't such a joke.
See also: joke

a practical joke

A mischievous trick typically involving some physical action or object intended to make someone look or feel foolish. We hid a rubber snake in the fridge as a practical joke so that it would scare Mom or Dad when they went in for something to eat.
See also: joke, practical
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joke (with someone) (about someone or something)

to quip with someone about someone or something; to make verbal fun with someone about someone or something. I was joking with Tom about the performance. I joked about Andy with Fran.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


tv. to tease someone; to make fun of someone. Everybody was joking my roommate because of her accent.
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ha!" and as this was seriously meant for a joke, his laugh was chorused by the seven.
"When we saw this, there was nothing else for us to do but to rise from our chairs, shake our two predecessors warmly by the hand and congratulate them on thinking of this charming little joke, which proved that the old French sense of humor was never likely to become extinct.
She-wee-she was not of a spirit to be easily cast down; he soon joined in the merriment as heartily as any one, and seemed to consider his reverse of fortune an excellent joke. Captain Bonneville, however, thought proper to check his good-humor, and demanded, with some degree of sternness, the cause of his altered condition.
If it was a joke, I do not approve of the feelings which prompted you to do it, and in any case you would have done far better not to recite it at all.
He had, however, always made more or less of a joke about it, so no one had taken him seriously.
Jokes came back from celebrities including Harry Hill, Peter Kay and Lucy Meacock, and included this one from Peter Kay: Shakespeare walks into a pub.
New Delhi: Responding to a petition seeking a governmental clampdown on more than 5,000 websites carrying Sikh-centric jokes, the Supreme Court has decided to look into the possibility of a ban in this regard.
Dubai Police has said that people who use their mobile phone to carry out practical jokes could have the smile wiped off their face by getting into trouble with the law.
Seriously Funny: Mexican Political Jokes as Social Resistance.
What if you are an outsider not a member of a group Well I generally recommend to a speaker presenting to nurses to avoid nursing jokes if the speaker is not a nurse.
Blue Monday takes place this year on Monday, January 19 and to cheer up the North East, we want to hear our readers' best jokes.
By one exhaustive count, the outgoing ''Tonight'' show host made 4,607 jokes at the former president's expense during his time on the program.
Michael Grade and the World's Oldest Joke (BBC Four, Wednesday, 9pm) | FROM the ever-popular jokes placing blonde-haired women at the punch lines to witty one-liners made popular by the likes of Jimmy Carr, we all need a laugh every now and then - these days more than ever.
(23.) The Blackest of All Black Jokes; or, No Joke Like a True Joke ([c.1753]) [Oxford, Bodleian Library, Gough Oxford 39 (9)].
Old Jews Telling Jokes, your favorite repository of old Jews telling jokes, is back with a new season, filmed in Boca (seriously).