you/he/she must be joking

Definition of you/he/she must be joking

  1. —used say that what someone is saying is very surprising or hard to believe “He said the report is due by tomorrow.” ““He must be joking.”

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

    :  one

  1. :  that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare him, his, it, she, they

    : used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified

  1. :  a male person or animal

  1. :  that female one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare he, her, hers, it, they

    : used to refer to one regarded as feminine (as by personification)

    : used as an alternative to he to refer to a person of unspecified gender

mustplay
  1. :  be commanded or requested to

    :  be urged to :  ought by all means to

    :  be compelled by physical necessity to :  be required by immediate or future need or purpose to

  1. :  an imperative need or duty :  requirement

    :  an indispensable item :  essential

  1. :  the expressed juice of fruit and especially grapes before and during fermentation

    :  the pulp and skins of the crushed grapes

  1. :  musk

    :  mold, mustiness

jokeplay joking
  1. :  something said or done to provoke laughter

    :  a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist

    :  the humorous or ridiculous element in something

  1. :  to make jokes :  jest

    :  to make the object of a joke :  kid


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