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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 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
References in classic literature ?
And as all choice and reasoning can be really calculated--because there will some day be discovered the laws of our so-called free will--so, joking apart, there may one day be something like a table constructed of them, so that we really shall choose in accordance with it.
But joking apart," said Prince Andrew, "do you really think the campaign is over?
All joking apart, he was magnificent and we've had so many injuries, so many defensive injuries that it's so difficult, and I managed to pick the shape that suited us best with the three at the back.
All joking apart, David said you can find what the players are up to.
But joking apart, did you know Durham was once famed for its mustard?
Joking apart, let's hope the madness ends here, before you're down in the park one day and come face to face with Mary Berry the pug dog.
Joking apart, this assessment couldn't by any stretch of the imagination be conducted in five minutes, which invariably means it will fall behind some ridiculous schedule that will have been set.
ray, from Solihull Police, said: " ere was a lot of interest in this particular case for obvious reasons Chief Supt Alex Murray, from Solihull Police, said: " ere was a lot of interest in this particular case for obvious reasons but, joking apart, PCs Grif-Grif n and Cave were faced with a very dangerous man in dicult circumstances and they stepped up to the plate.
Joking apart, it is good to see the arts (the visual and horticultural at least) being celebrated in these times of austerity.
All joking apart, I thrilled my family are going to be taking part and that Zoe's Place have over 250 runners and volunteers, so I'll feel well supported on the day.
Joking apart, this Cleverleybashing isn't big or, er, clever.
Joking apart, I know how hard business must be for Richard but there is no excuse for a dirty kitchen.
Joking apart, no matter how much they defend him, this will not wash away the shame he caused to the country and now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is wonders what to do with the imprudent diplomat.
Joking apart, I haven't a clue what they'll say to him.