gallows'\ humor

n. phr.
Bitter joke(s) that make fun of a very serious matter, e.g. death, imprisonment, etc.

When the criminal was led to the electric chair on Monday morning, he said, "Nice way to start the week, Eh?"


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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