running joke/gag


: a joke/gag that is repeated many times in slightly different ways

Examples of running joke/gag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The whole idea of swimming in the Seine, normally thought of as too polluted for bathing, is also a running joke pulled directly from the city mayor Anne Hidalgo’s pledge to clean up the river enough that athletes and visitors would be able to swim in it during the Olympics. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 13 June 2024 Elena’s various health maladies have been a running joke in the series, but this week’s perimenopausal crisis doesn’t yield much comic fruit other than a few colorful descriptions of the heat. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 24 Mar. 2024 Part 2 of the running joke is begging for Anunoby to return to the lineup to spare his legs, which have accrued mileage in recent weeks. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 12 Mar. 2024 There is a running joke in Glass Onion about Renner's (fictional) private line of hot sauce. Eliana Dockterman, TIME, 30 May 2024 There's a running joke on Amazon's The Boys about how the Seven, America's premier team of superheroes, never actually consists of seven members. Nick Romano,, 17 May 2024 Smith’s lyrics often don’t map smoothly onto the existing tunes, but this seems to be a running gag. Emily McClanathan, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2024 It’s just become a funny running joke at this point. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 The sense of humor provides a welcome counterweight to the serious nature of the material, and also helps keep the fractured timeline clear, because the constant digressions and reversals are a running gag in and of themselves, worth paying attention to at all times. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2024

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“Running joke/gag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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