Tongue in cheek
Posted by R. Berg on November 25, 2001
In Reply to: Phrase posted by bonnie on November 25, 2001
: What is the meaning of the phrase "keep tongue in cheek"?
To say something tongue-in-cheek means to say it in a deadpan joking way: you don't intend your words to be taken at face value. Sometimes confused, in print, with "keeping one's tongue in check"--refraining (with some effort) from speaking out.