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(I'm) just joshing (you)

I'm only making a joke; I'm only teasing you. A: "What do you think about my new haircut?" B: "Wow, did you get in a fight with a lawnmower and lose? Just joshing—it looks great!" C'mon, I'm just joshin' you—you know that I wouldn't do such a thing! I'm just joshing—don't take everything so seriously!
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josh (one) about (something)

To tease one in a good-humored, bantering manner. I'm just joshing you about your haircut. It actually looks pretty good. They said they were just joshing me about my mistake in class, but it was still pretty annoying.
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josh around

1. To joke or fool around; to banter or exchange good-humored jokes. I know you all like to josh around, but we really need to focus and get this project finished ASAP. I'm sorry, I didn't intend to cause offense. I was only joshing around with you.
2. To tease someone in a good-humored, bantering manner. In this usage, a noun or a pronoun is used between "josh" and "around." The older employees liked to josh me around for my first couple of weeks on the job. You really shouldn't josh the customers around like that. A lot of them don't realize that you're joking.
See also: around, josh
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tv. & in. to tease someone; to kid someone. Stop joshing. Be serious.
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Another highlight of the evening was an absorbing talk session where Josh's grandson Kaleem Shikoh and famous Urdu poet Dr Waseem Barelvi gave a detailed insight into the poetic genius of Josh.
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On the occasion a large number of prominent poets and scholars, including Prof Sahar Ansari, Iqbal Haider, founder of Josh Literary Society, Dr Hilal Naqvi, chief editor Urdu Dictionary Board Aqil Abbas Jafari, Dr Aliya Imam, Prof Manzar Aubi, Prof Jazib Qureshi, Mubeen Mirza, Dr Jawaid Manzar, Yawar Mehdi, Prof Aniz Rizvi, Qamar Razi, and many others also spoke.
The Boro team won the tournament, with Josh scoring a header in the semi-finals.
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Hameed Shahid addressing the participants said, Josh was a poet of nature and due to his revolutionary ideas, he became famous forever.More research work on his poetry should be initiated which was the need of time, he added.
Ghazanfer Mehdi said that the poetry of Josh had a vital place in Urdu literature, adding that it was need of the time to promote literary work of the revolutionary poet.
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