laughing matter


Definition of laughing matter

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

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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 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

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First Known Use of laughing matter

1549, in the meaning defined above

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