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noun [countable] joke pronunciation in American English /dʒoʊk/
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  1. 1
    something you say or do that is intended to make people laugh
    Is this some kind of stupid joke?
    Greg sprayed her with water as a joke.
    make/crack a joke (=say something funny): The men all sat there drinking beer and cracking jokes.
    play a joke on someone (=do something to trick someone): Stephen decided to play a joke on his teacher.
    someone’s idea of a joke (=an action that someone thinks is funny but you do not): Hiding my car keys was her idea of a joke.
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    1. a.
      a short story that is funny at the end. The last line of the joke is called the punchline
      tell a joke: Soon the kids relaxed and were laughing and telling jokes.
      joke about: He told us a great joke about a talking dog.
      sick joke (=a very unpleasant joke): a sick joke about a dog in a microwave oven
      get the joke (=understand why the story is funny): Sorry – I don’t get the joke. Can you explain it?
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  2. 2
    something that is funny
    The nurses thought it was all a huge joke.
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    1. a.
      something that is so bad or silly that it annoys you
      That price is just a joke!



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