tongue in cheek

adverb

Definition of tongue in cheek

  1. :  with insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

Examples of tongue in cheek in a sentence

  1. The whole interview was done tongue in cheek.

1856

First Known Use of tongue in cheek

1856


TONGUE IN CHEEK Defined for English Language Learners

tongue in cheek

adverb

Definition of tongue in cheek for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that is not serious and that is meant to be funny


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