Posted by: Dutch | December 11, 2009

Tongue in cheek

Meaning

To pretend to be serious while joking

Example

Leslie Nielsen does all his movies tongue in cheek

Origin

Comes from the practice of biting your tongue causing pain in an effort to suppress laughter or a smile. If you bite your tongue with your side teeth you have put your tongue in your cheek.-

-Thanks to R. Gursahani

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