in jest

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(dʒest) noun
a joke; something done or said to cause amusement.
to joke.
ˈjester noun
in former times, a man employed in the courts of kings, nobles etc to amuse them with jokes etc.
in jest
as a joke; not seriously. speaking in jest.
References in classic literature ?
Unless it was taken by somebody in jest--only in jest, dear grandfather, which would make me laugh heartily if I could but know it--'
Gorgias of Leontium, partly entertaining the same doubt, and partly in jest, says, that as a mortar is made by a mortar-maker, so a citizen is made by a citizen-maker, and a Larisssean by a Larisssean-maker.
It pokes fun at their history in a lighthearted way and, of course, it's all meant in jest.
His lawyer, Norman Mangena, said: "He mentioned the president in jest.
He speaks in jest and we laugh, but it makes us think.
Though the challenge had been thrown out in jest, Nathan told his teacher he would consider it.
Why, for example, does Fisher delight in dropping the anecdote about Warren Beatty offering -- in jest, she says -- to deflower her while making ``Shampoo,'' but leave unnamed the ``Marlboro Man'' (presumably Harrison Ford) with whom she dallied during the making of ``Star Wars''?
Brown said he was only speaking in jest when he approached the officer during a night out drinking with friends after final exams and said: "Excuse me, do you realize your horse is gay?
In addition, humorous texts contain an inbuilt disclaimer defusing the implications of the humorous situation by announcing that they were meant in jest, not in earnest.
Trouble is, some of the truest comments are made in jest.
An insensitive remark about the people of Fairwater in Cardiff may have been made in jest but very few will see the joke.