a barrel of laughs

noun phrase

informal
: someone or something that is very funny
often used in negative statements or in an ironic way to describe someone or something that is not really funny
Several people have lost their jobs recently, so the office isn't exactly a barrel of laughs these days.

Examples of a barrel of laughs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This may not sound like a barrel of laughs, but Letts’ script has a deep comic vein and director Francis Gercke has found the story’s funny, tender, uplifting and creepy moments. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023

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“A barrel of laughs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20barrel%20of%20laughs. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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