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standing joke


something that is familiar to two or more people and gives them continual amusement's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • It caused a great deal of merriment, and was a standing joke for some time.

  • But the likeness was remarkable, nevertheless, and it grew to be a standing joke with us.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Miss Smith's Sermon," with its whimsical protest against feminine activities, was a standing joke in those distant days.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • Miss Deveen laughed—as if the matter were a standing joke in her mind.

  • That boat and its dreaming builder were the standing joke of the time.

  • And it was a standing joke for years among them, that, when first p. 57Mr.

  • The figure I cut in these unsuitable garments was so ludicrous that it was a standing joke among the clerks in the office.

  • His complete ignorance of nautical matters became a standing joke.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • It was something of a standing joke that King Gustaf would probably outlast the pyramids, providing the pyramids lived in Sweden.

    A Prize for Edie Jesse Franklin Bone
  • The fat man is the universal goat; he is humanity's standing joke.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
Idioms and Phrases with standing joke

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.
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