January 27, 2006

tongue in cheek

Posted in Idioms at 10:08 am by Feng

tongue in cheek — in a way that is not serious, although it appears to be (dictionary)

Whether the UK government should issue ID-cards is still under the big debate. This is a recent news article on this subject. A senior figure in the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) proposes a “novel” scheme, in which the government gives each citizen a free iPod as the identity card — “albeit with his tongue firmly in cheek“. Without knowing the meaning of this idiom, you may take the whole thing wrong. “It is a tongue-in-cheek suggestion”, this is the comment posted by one of the readers.

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