be beyond a joke

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British pronunciation/biː ɡˌəʊ ɡɛt bɪjˌɒnd ɐ dʒˈəʊk/
American pronunciation/biː ɡˌoʊ ɡɛt bɪjˌɑːnd ɐ dʒˈoʊk/
to be beyond a joke
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to start becoming a source of trouble or worry

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to [be|go|get] beyond a joke definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "be beyond a joke" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "be beyond a joke" is unclear, as it has been in use for a considerable period. It is likely that the phrase developed over time through the natural evolution of language and idiomatic usage. This phrase is used to convey that the situation has reached a point where it is no longer funny or tolerable and has become a source of frustration, annoyance, or distress.

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His constant teasing and mocking have reached the point of being beyond a joke.
The delays in the public transportation system have been going on for months, and it's getting beyond a joke.
The recurring technical issues with the software are beyond a joke.
The constant pranks from my coworkers were funny at first, but it has now gone beyond a joke.
The noise from the construction site next door was tolerable for a while, but now it's getting beyond a joke.
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