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 In real life, though, setting boundaries with friends is no laughing matter. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Even for late-night comedy, that's no laughing matter. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2022 Comedians spend their careers making people laugh, but the challenge of protecting a comedian’s intellectual property is no laughing matter. Mitra Ahouraian, Forbes, 13 June 2022 These past two years have been no laughing matter for the medical community, but Scrubs is here to bring some levity to our lives. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 27 Jan. 2022 Joshua smiling, but no laughing matter here for the Brit. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 New York Fashion Week events have been kicking off in the last few days, and this is no laughing matter for Holmes. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 10 Sep. 2021 This is no laughing matter, given the deadly nature of the disease and the shots anyone who is bitten has to endure to ward off infection. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 The aforementioned banter may seem a little silly, but it’s no laughing matter for executives at Fox News Channel. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

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“Laughing matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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