- The definition of tongue-in-cheek refers to something said sarcastically or in jest.
An example of something that would be described as tongue-in-cheek is a sarcastic joke that pokes fun at someone in a lighthearted way.
tongue-in-cheek definition by Webster's New World
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humorously ironic, mocking, or insincere: a tongue-in-cheek series of commercials for deodorant
tongue-in-cheek definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Meant or expressed ironically or facetiously.
tongue-in-cheek - Cultural Definition
Ironically: “The critic's remarks of praise were uttered strictly tongue-in-cheek.”