laughing matter


Definition of laughing matter

: something not to be taken seriously usually used in the phrase no laughing matter

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But a nuclear-armed Iranian theocracy is no laughing matter. Winston Groom, WSJ, "Unsavory Allies, From Stalin to the Saudis," 4 Dec. 2018 While misusing 911 is no laughing matter, the Hamilton police couldn’t help but joke about the situation on Twitter, with others joining in on the burger puns. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "McDonald's customer calls 911 over cold burger and fries," 6 July 2018 But sadly, his policy and rhetoric are no laughing matter. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's UN General Assembly Speech Earned a Laugh From World Leaders," 26 Sep. 2018 Set at 75%, this smooth drinking spirit is no laughing matter. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Liquor company slammed for releasing 'Novichok' vodka named after deadly nerve agent," 10 July 2018 The training of graduate students in science is no laughing matter. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Making grad school work for STEM students," 31 May 2018 Inside the West Wing, in fact, the demonization of undocumented migrants and people seeking asylum at the border can be a laughing matter. Emma Stefansky, The Hive, "Trump Blames His Own Cruel Child-Separation Policy on Democrats," 26 May 2018 The work of this Foundation and the Archdiocese’s Champions is no laughing matter. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos went to New York to visit schools for the first time. Guess which ones.," 16 May 2018 But the threats police calls can present for black people are rarely a laughing matter. Beatrice Dupuy, Teen Vogue, "A Black Airbnb Guest Shared Her Experience With Police After a Neighbor Called the Cops on Her," 7 May 2018

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1549, in the meaning defined above

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someone who never drinks alcohol

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