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 That punch line drew chuckles, but the real-life suffering of boomers in board and care, grievously afflicted by Covid-19, counts as no laughing matter. Michael Medved, WSJ, "Old Age Is a Bummer for the Baby Boomers," 27 Mar. 2020 Rather than challenge Putin, Trump treated it as a laughing matter. Michael Crowley,, "Trump tells Putin (with a grin) not to meddle in elections," 28 June 2019 For the 11 million residents of Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 pandemic is no laughing matter. Ruth Michaelson, Smithsonian Magazine, "How ‘Social Distancing’ Can Get Lost in Translation," 22 Apr. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic and its deadly wake are no laughing matter. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "It is OK to laugh at coronavirus jokes and memes?," 4 Apr. 2020 Anthony Kwan/Getty Images For most people, the coronavirus is no laughing matter. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "It’s April Fools’ Day, So a K-Pop Star Pulled a Coronavirus Prank," 1 Apr. 2020 Game Freak/The Pokémon Company An Anthropocene extinction event is no laughing matter, of course. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Newly discovered species or latest Pokémon character?," 31 Dec. 2019 Although pneumonia is no laughing matter, Whoopi still managed to squeeze in a joke while talking about her recovery. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain LOST It After Whoopi Goldberg Returned to Give a Health Update," 14 Mar. 2019 While the images may be funny to some, even in spite of P.U.T.I.N.'s reassurances, one charity in Las Vegas says this is no laughing matter. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "Pigeon protest group P.U.T.I.N releases birds wearing MAGA hats, Trump wigs," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Laughing matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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