laughing matter


Definition of laughing matter 

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

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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 On the other hand, pick 😔 and followers will know this is likely not a laughing matter. Madeline Buxton,, "Instagram Rolls Out A More Colorful Version Of Its Poll Sticker," 10 May 2018 The fact that it is treated as a laughing matter in American popular culture is an indictment of our collective morality, and an insight into how good, god-fearing people can accommodate themselves to inhuman political regimes. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Attorney: Cohen Will Snitch Because ‘Prison Has a Racial Overtone’," 20 Apr. 2018 But for those who have battled addiction, pop culture’s fascination with moms and wine is no laughing matter. Kate Thayer,, "'Binge drinking has become completely normalized': Has boozy mom culture gone too far?," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of laughing matter

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laughing matter was in 1549

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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