can take a joke

if you can take a joke, you are able to laugh when someone makes a joke about you or does something to trick you

What's the matter with you? Can't you take a joke?


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  • can take a joke — phrase if you can take a joke, you are able to laugh when someone makes a joke about you or does something to trick you What’s the matter with you? Can’t you take a joke? Thesaurus: relating to humoursynonym Main entry: joke * * * can (or can t)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take a joke — not be mad if the joke is about you, a good sport    Let s tell the story about Steve getting lost. He can take a joke …   English idioms

  • take a joke — verb listen to a joke at one s own expense Can t you take a joke? • Hypernyms: ↑digest, ↑endure, ↑stick out, ↑stomach, ↑bear, ↑stand, ↑tolerate, ↑support, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • take a joke — to accept it with good humor when others make fun of you. He has a great sense of humor and isn t so self important that he can t take a joke. Usage notes: usually used in the negative …   New idioms dictionary

  • joke — joke1 [ dʒouk ] noun count ** 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • joke — joke1 W3S2 [dʒəuk US dʒouk] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: jocus] 1.) something that you say or do to make people laugh, especially a funny story or trick ▪ Do you know any good jokes? joke about ▪ a joke about absent minded professors ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • joke*/ — [dʒəʊk] noun [C] I something that you say or do that is intended to make people laugh Do you want to hear a good joke?[/ex] Greg sprayed her with water as a joke.[/ex] The kids were telling jokes (= short stories with funny endings).[/ex] Stephen …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • joke */*/ — I UK [dʒəʊk] / US [dʒoʊk] noun [countable] Word forms joke : singular joke plural jokes 1) a) 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 …   English dictionary

  • Take — Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • joke — I n. 1) to crack, tell a joke 2) to ad lib a joke 3) to play a joke on 4) to carry a joke too far 5) to take a joke (he can t take a joke) 6) to make a joke of smt. 7) a clean; coarse, crude; dirty, obscene, off color, smutty; old, stale;… …   Combinatory dictionary

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