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jest Idioms & Phrases

In jest

  • for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.
    And given in earnest what I begged in jest. Shak.
Webster 1913

jest at

  • verb subject to laughter or ridicule
    laugh at; make fun; ridicule; blackguard; poke fun; roast; guy; rib.
    • The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house
    • The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher
    • His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday

Jest book

  • a book containing a collection of jests, jokes, and amusing anecdotes; a Joe Miller.
Webster 1913

To break a jest

  • to utter a jest. "Patroclus . . . the livelong day break scurril jests." Shak.
Webster 1913