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The meaning of "tongue in cheek"

" Tongue in cheek "
Humorously, not to be taken seriously.
Saying that I had drunk ten pints before the accident was meant to be ironic and tongue in cheek, unfortunately the police didn't see the joke.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 19th century - in the works of Sir Walter Scott.
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