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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

joke (with someone) (about someone or something)

to quip with someone about someone or something; to make verbal fun with someone about someone or something. I was joking with Tom about the performance. I joked about Andy with Fran.

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

joke

tv. to tease someone; to make fun of someone. Everybody was joking my roommate because of her accent.