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laughingstock

[laf-ing-stok, lah-fing-] /ˈlæf ɪŋˌstɒk, ˈlɑ fɪŋ-/
noun
1.
an object of ridicule; the butt of a joke or the like:
His ineptness as a public official made him the laughingstock of the whole town.
Origin of laughingstock
1525-1535
1525-35; laughing + stock
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  • He stood staring dumbly around him, unconscious that he was the laughingstock of all.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Make not thyself a laughingstock to me and such Christians as may be here.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • But, no; I would not have a scandal afloat, even though I was becoming the laughingstock and by-word of my servants!

    The Sapphire Cross George Manville Fenn
  • He saw his house unfinished, his wife rebellious, himself a laughingstock.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • In fact, committed as they are to it, I don't see how they can give it up, without making themselves the laughingstock of Europe.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • And now she was making a laughingstock of the lad among the neighbours.

    Through Welsh Doorways Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • To me he is the man who made a laughingstock of me in a censorious little town by calling me "a woman of doubtful reputation."

    Three Comedies Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson

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