sick joke


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sick joke

1. A joke, story, or anecdote that is meant to be funny but is actually very offensive. He kept telling sick jokes about kids in third-world countries being killed, until someone eventually told him to shut up.
2. Anything that is or seems especially cruel, offensive, or tragic. The government is acting like the $20-a-month increase in the social welfare payments they approved is some huge victory, when in reality its just a sick joke for those who are barely able to survive each month. He worked so hard to sober up and stay off drugs and alcohol, only to be hit by a bus the second week of being clean. It's like a sick joke.
See also: joke, sick

sick joke

An anecdote intended to be humorous but actually in very bad taste, as in His stories turn out to be sick jokes about people who are handicapped in some way. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: joke, sick
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I have just listened to the album in its entirety and want to know if this is some sick joke????" Sharpe wrote.
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A once proud service which was synonymous with efficiency and reliability has turned into a sick joke.
"I still think this is a sick joke, that he'll come back in and everything will be the same."