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also laughingstock; 1510s, formed by analogy with whipping-stock "whipping post," later also "object of frequent whipping" (but that word is not attested in writing in this sense until 1670s). See laughing + stock (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • Sometimes I all but accept the view that, after all, men are no better than a laughing-stock of the gods, whatever gods there be.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • As to the papal mercenaries, they had long been the laughing-stock of Europe.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • No use to be standing here longer, the laughing-stock of all that's in it—Ferrinafad.

  • Of course, Peter was persuaded; he couldn't let England be the laughing-stock of the world.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • They make art the laughing-stock of all refined and educated people.

  • He became the laughing-stock of the pueblo, and grew brutal and churlish accordingly.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • Because he is going to make an ass of himself before the court, and what's worse, he'll make a laughing-stock of me.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Why, he must have been the laughing-stock of the whole land—and a laughing-stock never does anything.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Then turned me out ridiculous: an object of ridicule, a laughing-stock.

  • She had made him a laughing-stock, a buffoon, a political joke.

    Rope Holworthy Hall

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