Idiom:  in jest


Idiom:  in jest

  1. joking
  2. to not seriously mean what you're saying

Example sentences

— When I said I quit my job it was only in jest.

— Don't get upset, he always says things in jest.

— I know what you said to your sister was in jest but you really hurt her feelings.

— The problem with saying things in jest in the workplace is that the consequences can be severe if the person doesn't understand you're not serious.

— When our professor said he would lock the door at 2:00 and anyone who was late would not be able to attend class, we thought he was saying it in jest but he was dead serious.

— We were shocked when our waiter said we'd have to pay more to get another clean fork but of course, he said it in jest.

— I'm not sure that your boss' remark was entirely in jest. You should probably be careful  about having long lunches everyday.

— Why did you think your teacher would think your comments were in jest? Sit down now and write a note of apology. 

— I cannot believe the President said that! Was that in jest?


  • to kid someone

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