with (one's) tongue in (one's) cheek

idiom

Definition of with (one's) tongue in (one's) cheek

: in a way that is not serious and that is meant to be funny
  • talking with his tongue in his cheek

Word by Word Definitions

tongue play
  1. : a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ

  2. : a part of various invertebrate animals that is analogous to the tongue

  3. : the flesh of a tongue (as of the ox or sheep) used as food

  1. : to articulate (notes on a wind instrument) by successively interrupting the stream of wind with the action of the tongue

  2. : to touch or lick with or as if with the tongue

  3. : to cut a tongue on

cheek play
  1. : the fleshy side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth

  2. : something suggestive of the human cheek in position or form

  3. : insolent boldness and self-assurance

  1. : to speak rudely or impudently to


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