butt of a joke

butt of a joke

the reason for or aim of a joke, especially when it is a person. Poor Fred was the butt of every joke told that evening.
See also: butt, joke, of
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Tory high command maintains that their leader is relaxed about the film - he knows he'll look even shallower by complaining about being the butt of a joke, even a bad joke.
And she was stunned to be the butt of a joke over her fling with England footy boss Sven Goran Eriksson.