no laughing matter


: a serious and important thing that people should not joke about
It's no laughing matter when you lose your job.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But artificial-intelligence experts say its implications are no laughing matter. Ashley Wong, WSJ, 3 Apr. 2023 Fandom is usually all in good fun, but for Dre, stanning her favorite pop star is no laughing matter. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 17 Mar. 2023

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“No laughing matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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