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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But this is obviously suspect, as Tory prime ministers and jokes don't go together - unless we're talking about sick jokes.
STUNNED Ardal O'Hanlon fans walked out of his standup show as a warm-up act launched into a string of sick jokes.
He was heard laughing and making sick jokes about it earlier this week - prompting two angry lags to attack him.
SICK jokes about the deaths of Chinese cockle-pickers from Liverpool, who drowned at Morecambe Bay,have been condemned by media watchdog Ofcom.
I was stunned that Spin Doctor would seek to draw comparisons between what I regard as my very considered remarks and the sick jokes posted onto the website of the local Plaid Cymru website.
CHIEFS of the anti-landmine charity championed by Princess Di yesterday defended their use of sick jokes.
ANYONE expecting a few sick jokes at the expense of battered telly girl Ulrika Jonsson will be disappointed.
Matthew Woods, 19, from Chorley, Lancashire, made a number of derogatory posts about the Machynlleth schoolgirl and the missing Madeleine Mc-Cann after getting the idea from Sickipedia - a website that "trades in sick jokes".
In the wake of the city's ongoing resurgence, if we want to receive the respect we deserve, the people of Liverpool must work together to throw out the trash that is generating so much bad press and cut off the fuel for any more sick jokes.
FOUL-MOUTHED comedian Mark Lamarr shocked a TV audience with a series of sick jokes during last week's recording of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
It came as David Cameron called for a "national dialogue" about sick jokes which make light of sexual violence.
GERRY Tyler, via e-mail, writes: "It comes as no surprise to read you defending Jonathan Ross for making sick jokes about Lady Heather Mills-McCartney's missing leg (ECHO, November 2).
I was a little disappointed also that Mr Kent seems unable to draw a simple distinction between these remarks and the sick jokes of his Plaid Cymru colleague Robert Hughes.
AN internet troll who posted sick jokes about April Jones got six weeks' jail suspended for 18 months yesterday.
FRANKIE Boyle's Channel 4 career appeared to be over last night after he made a series of sick jokes mocking the Paralympics.