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just kidding

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase just kidding

Meaning

You can say this if someone doesn't realize you're kidding or joking.

For example

  • James looked shocked when I said I was going to quit drinking. "Don't worry," I said, "I'm just kidding."

  • "Hey Leo! Your car's been stolen!" Leo was already at the door when his friend shouted, "Just kidding!"

Note:
Also "only joking"

Quick Quiz

You can say "Just kidding" if someone thinks you're

a. telling a joke

b. being serious

c. only joking

Contributor: Matt Errey