American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A joke originated or appreciated by the members of a particular group.
- n. A piece of humour that is understood only by a group of people.
- n. a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
“Why so funny/clever, well Chaim Potok's best known novel is "The Chosen", obscure but it made me chuckle in a sort of "I get the in-joke" way.”
“Nothing like getting an in-joke five damn years later.”
“On ITV, a new series of Taggart investigates a mutilated medic found in a warehouse, while over on Channel 5, CSI comes out fighting, kicking off season 11 in explosive fashion: there's a bombing at a funeral, a sexy new English technician and a knockout blow in the shape of singing fingerpuppet Justin Bieber, who guest stars in an episode called Shock Waves – possibly some kind of in-joke about hair products.”
“But where lawmakers once inserted an occasional in-joke, nowadays they obsess over "the most catchy, popular, emotional title they can come up with," sa ys Rep. John Duncan Jr.”
“Sadly I had to explain it was something of an in-joke and would take a bit much explaining required to make it funny.”
“And ...gay New York in-joke coming up... a starring role in Musical Mondays at Splash.10.47pm: GONG!”
“The debates that flare into regularly over-lapping verbal -- and even the occasional physical -- conflicts are alternated with Pill's distracting passion for Eli (named for Eli Yale as a Kushner in-joke?) over nearly four hours (including two intermissions).”
“Also, if she IS an authentic comic book fan, she might use an in-joke here.”
“He might do lip service to what's gone before as an in-joke.”
“However, yes, I was alluding to that, so props to you for getting my little in-joke.”
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