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a rich man's joke is always funny

People are always inclined to ingratiate themselves to a wealthy person, as by laughing at their jokes (regardless of their quality of humor). Everyone at the table was fawning over the billionaire CEO, hanging on his every word like trained dogs. A rich man's jokes are always funny, I suppose. You might get ahead a little faster in this industry if you accepted the fact that a rich man's joke is always funny.
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rich man's joke is always funny

Prov. Everyone wants to curry favor with rich people and so will always laugh at their jokes. (From a poem by Thomas Edward Brown.) We all thought that Mr. Lisle was a narrow-minded, unpleasant old man, but we were careful to act otherwise, because he was wealthy. A rich man's joke is always funny.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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