Also, no laughing matter. A serious issue, as in Missing the last flight out was no joke, or This outbreak of flu is no laughing matter. The first term dates from about 1800, and the variant from the second half of the 1500s.
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Policemen on the show joke about prison riots, bomb threats, and the shooting of unarmed civilians.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Or has the see and hear and speak-no-evil stance of the Republican House persuaded him that he is in the clear?
A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These days, plenty of women are turning to online sites for no-frills male companionship.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And that was well before this Christmas, when he appeared to joke about Obama being a Muslim.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The patriarchal decree of the government was a good deal of a joke on the plains, anyway—except when you were caught defying it!Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Mr. Crow was rocking back and forth on his perch, for a joke—on anybody except himself—always delighted him.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Well, thinks I, this is no joke sure, at this lick I'll have family enuff to do me in a few years.
"I don't think that's a very good joke," said the disappointed little boy.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
My No. 4239 addressed to Maxwell and repeated to you was sent before receiving your telegram under reply.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton