from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Meant or expressed ironically or facetiously.
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- adj. not intended seriously; jocular or humorous
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- adv. in a bantering fashion
- adj. cleverly amusing in tone
- adv. not seriously
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The crass appropriation of Christian imagery in the name of tongue-in-cheek kitsch increasingly makes me flinch - but quietly, as I don't want to come across as some sort of po-faced fundie, now, do I?
In 1950, Stephen Potter, the British author of Gamesmanship and Lifemanship and the coiner of one-upmanship, gave the word a tongue-in-cheek sense of “a maneuver to gain the better of an opponent or co-worker.”
Justice Breyer's obviously tongue-in-cheek question supplies its own answer.
My remark about foreign sailors referring to themselves in English was said tongue-in-cheek, of course!
The Borgesian frame provided by the translator's introduction and an appendix relating the history of the lost books contributes an additional tongue-in-cheek element that completes the novel's masquerade as a feat of "scholarship."
Not to mention tongue-in-cheek dialog mocking the superhero genre in general?
The answer is in Parkinson's Law, the slightly tongue-in-cheek essays written by Professor C Northcote Parkinson in the 1960s.
The tongue-in-cheek inscription read: “Wish You Were Here.”
She heard his tongue-in-cheek delivery, and it made her laugh.
"The tongue-in-cheek saying is that there's no scholarship for retirement."