laughing matter


Definition of laughing matter

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

Examples of laughing matter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His latest project, though, a 32-minute short starring rapper Joey Bada$$, might employ Free's comedy voice but the subject is no laughing matter. Skylar Mitchell, CNN, "Travon Free works to make 'Two Distant Strangers' more thought-provoking than triggering," 25 Apr. 2021 And truthfully, the world of remote court hearings often isn't a laughing matter. Andrew Wolfson, USA TODAY, "Virtual court hearings in 2020 have it all: Nudity, beer, bikinis and barking dogs," 22 Dec. 2020 The champion snowboarder’s heritage is no longer a laughing matter. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "Olympic champion Chloe Kim speaks about dealing with racism," 2 Apr. 2021 Watt, and the Cardinals, surely hope their play in 2021 will be no laughing matter. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "J.J. Watt cracks joke about his Arizona Cardinals 'beehive' bobblehead," 20 Mar. 2021 Debra Wilson was a hilarious scene-stealer on MADtv for eight seasons, but the reason for her departure was no laughing matter. Rachel Yang,, "Debra Wilson says she left MADtv due to pay disparity with 'white male cast members'," 26 Feb. 2021 And even Lattimore would agree that's no laughing matter. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Saints' defense got the first and last laughs while dropping Bears from playoffs," 10 Jan. 2021 This was no laughing matter, the health of the 41-year-old face of the New Orleans Saints franchise, but Drew Brees got a chuckle in anyway. Luke Johnson,, "Drew Brees brings back late spark, but Saints QB knows there's 'a ways" to go before 100%," 20 Dec. 2020 As directed by Grant Preisser, the performers ham it up as needed, but their singing is no laughing matter. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Die Fledermaus’: A merry (and welcome) night at the opera | Review," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of laughing matter

1549, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Laughing matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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