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take a joke

To have the capacity to remain calm or be amused in response to good-natured teasing. I'm certainly able to take a joke, but what you said to me was downright mean. A: "Do you think he'll be offended if I say something about his terrible driving?" B: "Nah, he can take a joke."
See also: joke, take

take a joke

Accept teasing at one's own expense, as in Sam really couldn't take a joke. This idiom, often put negatively, was first recorded in 1780. Also see take it.
See also: joke, take

take a ˈjoke

find a joke or trick which is played on you amusing and accept it: He didn’t think it was funny at all when we put that pin on his chair. He really can’t take a joke, can he?
See also: joke, take