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no laughing matter

A very serious topic or situation; something that should not be treated lightly or as funny in any way. Boys, this is no laughing matter. One of you could have been seriously hurt. Termites are no laughing matter. They've been known to destroy entire homes.
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no laughing matter

a serious issue or problem. Be serious. This is no laughing matter. This disease is no laughing matter. It's quite deadly if not treated immediately.
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laughing matter

see under no joke.
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no laughing matter

If you say that something is no laughing matter, you mean that it is very serious and not something that you should laugh or joke about. Their behaviour is an offence. It's no laughing matter.
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no laughing matter

something serious that should not be joked about.
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no laughing ˈmatter

something which is too serious to joke about: Trying to find a place to live at the moment is no laughing matter.
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no laughing matter

A serious issue. This term, which is always put in this negative way—one never hears of something that is a laughing matter—dates from the sixteenth century. Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan is quoted as having said (1793), “A joke in your mouth is no laughing matter.”
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