John Boehner actually made a semi-serious offer in the fiscal talks.
This is a sort of half-way house between Cleveland's burlesques and his serious or semi-serious poems like Fuscara.
The semi-serious conclusion might have been uttered by himself, and he approved the tone without recognising the model.
Her quick ear heard, and she turned, semi-serious, questioning him with raised eyebrows.
She seemed to treat even her own grievances in this semi-serious way—one of them certainly, if her husband were one.
She and the General had been girl and boy together, and as they came to eighteen and nineteen had been semi-serious sweethearts.
He wanted to laugh, and he found occasion for doing so under the most serious, or at least semi-serious, circumstances.
Now began one of these semi-comic, semi-serious adventures which seem to dog my footsteps.
The corn-cutter spoke with a semi-serious, semi-jesting air that made Gazonal shudder.
All their talks together—now grave, now semi-serious, now wholly gay—she delighted to dwell upon.