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noun [countable]     joke pronunciation in British English
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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.

    have a joke with someone (=not be serious in your behaviour towards them):

    Sorry – I was only having a little joke with you.

    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.

    English wine is sometimes considered a bit of a 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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