English version

make a joke (out) of something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmake a joke (out) of somethingmake a joke (out) of somethingJOKEto treat something serious as if it was intended to be funny He could not bring himself to apologise. Instead, he tried to make a joke of it. joke
Examples from the Corpus
make a joke (out) of somethingMy mother always makes a joke of everything.I'd made a joke of it.He makes a joke of the injury because, at 59, it is an inconvenience rather than a disaster.You had your own reasons for making the call, and why not make a joke out of it?That readiness to make a joke of life had been temporarily eclipsed.We made a joke of it, the way Charles always came loaded with books on some new subject.
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