“tongue-in-cheek”

When you make a tongue-in-cheek remark, you do not expect your listener to take you seriously. Although you may look serious, the intention is to be humorous. What you say is meant as a joke.

*Was Vijay speaking with tongue-in-cheek when he referred to Sania as the heartthrob of India?

*”We all know that Raju is an intellectual”, Bala said tongue in cheek.

Sourced from  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, June 27, 2005.

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