laughing matter


Definition of laughing matter

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

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The silly name was chosen by the British public in 2016 for a new research vessel, but it was instead bestowed on a smaller submarine Boaty McBoatface may have started as a joke, but its latest findings are no laughing matter. Rachel Desantis,, "Boaty McBoatface, an Actual British Research Submarine, Makes Surprising Climate Change Discovery," 19 June 2019 Triple-digit interest rates are no laughing matter for those who take out payday loans. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. Nick Vadala,, "Kathy Griffin slams Kevin Hart over avoiding Trump material onstage," 15 June 2018 In the boardrooms of some of America’s largest corporations, though, the nurdle is no laughing matter. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "This Proxy Season, It’s Revenge of the Nurdles," 12 Apr. 2019 The internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans is no laughing matter, @SecretaryZinke. Rafael Carranza, USA TODAY, "Ryan Zinke defends use of 'konnichiwa' comment to Japanese-American congresswoman," 17 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of laughing matter

1549, in the meaning defined above

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