standing joke

standing joke

a subject that regularly and over a period of time causes amusement whenever it is mentioned. Uncle Jim's driving was a standing joke. He used to drive incredibly slowly. Their mother's inability to make a decision was a standing joke in the smith family all their lives.
See also: joke, standing

standing joke

Something that is always funny even though it is often repeated. For example, Mary's "Dennis who?" when her husband is mentioned is a standing joke around here. This idiom employs standing in the sense of "established" or "regular," a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
See also: joke, standing
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The standing joke among students and parents is that they take their washing home for mum and dad to do it.
It is a standing joke that management are petrified of upsetting the refuse collectors.
And he told us there a standing joke at police headquarters: "People will say 'What's going on, Curtis Warren hasn't been in the ECHO for three months now
It was a standing joke that I caught every cold going.
We must be the most disorganised people on the planet and it actually became a standing joke between us.
The Monty Python star, 74, said he had a standing joke with the late Muriel about getting "a little man in Fulham" to kill her whenever she was depressed.
It was a standing joke with a colleague that, after impact test results from one particular consultancy project, we politely declined green hard hats on factory visits.
It has been a long standing joke between the couple that they are like Shrek and Fiona, from the animated comedy film featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz.
It used to be a standing joke at the Scarlets that flanker Easterby, a Lion in New Zealand in 2005, could have been named man of the match at virtually every home game for the high-level consistency of his performances for them and his willingness to give it everything.
IT'S ALWAYS been a standing joke that Status Quo only know three bars when it comes to their music.
All prime ministers get some things wrong and Mrs Thatcher was no exception (eg, the poll tax), but what you cannot deny is that when she became Prime Minister in 1979, she took over a country which was the infamous 'sick man' of Europe and we were a standing joke.
It became a bit of a standing joke how many trips myself and Nick made back to his land of birth Cyprus," admitted Amphlett yesterday, "but I can honestly say I feel the end result is easily the most satisfying thing I've done in journalism.
We've known he was The Stig all along - it has been a standing joke within the regiment.
To "Hoon" now means to have an undistinguished political career, become a standing joke as Defence Minister, and then get caught with your nose in the trough on the way out.
I reckon Britain must be a standing joke amongst fruit growers and wholesalers.
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