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.


Nearby words

  1. take a fit,
  2. take a gander at,
  3. take a hand in,
  4. take a hike,
  5. take a hint,
  6. take a leaf out of someone's book,
  7. take a leak,
  8. take a load off one's mind,
  9. take a look at,
  10. take a picture

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