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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!
See also: josh, just

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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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