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class clown

A mischievous or impudent student who frequently disrupts the class with jokes, pranks, or wry comments as a means of drawing attention to him- or herself. Every teacher has to deal with class clowns eventually.
See also: class, clown

clown around (with someone)

Fig. to join with someone in acting silly; [for two or more people] to act silly together. The boys were clowning around with each other. The kids are having fun clowning around.
See also: around, clown


n. a fool. Tell that clown in the front row to shut up.

clown around

in. to act silly; to mess around. We were just clowning around. We didn’t mean to break anything.
See also: around, clown
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para]]NEW ORLEANS, May 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical clowns can reduce anxiety and length of hospital stay for children undergoing urologic surgery, according to a new study featured at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).
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Gaxiola is joined on stage by three others, none of whom she has worked with before: Chilean Claudio Martinez, who plays the comically sad clown to perfection; American David Clay, a grumpy, bossy type; and zany, attention-seeking Lebanese Sabine Choucair, who also runs her own clowning company here called Clown Me In.
The Clown Doctors visit sick children in the Great North Children's Hospital to support them through what can be a traumatic and frightening time.
Britain's favourite traditional children's entertainers are in danger of becoming extinct, bosses of an organisation for clowns have warned.
The painting "Clown on Stairs" featured an innocent-looking clown trying to climb a wooden ladder, with one foot on a water glass and the other on a wobbly table.
But some copycats are said to have carried knives and chased people, sparking entertainment group Clowns International to brand them a menace.
Performer Tony Eldridge, of Clowns International, said: "This is doing clowning no favours and is harming society.
The entertainment during the bull riding contest featured a clown wearing a mask of Obama with an upside down broomstick attached to his backside.
Cite Chahid Belkacem Dar El Beida: avec le clown El Ahlem.
Funny business: Anglo-French clowns Emilion and Andreea Delbosq, who have been named as Best British Circus Clowns.
Dozens of clowns have competed in the tenth annual Pataso Olympiada (or Clown Olympics) in Mexico City.
And, as befitting his clown name, "Gizmo," Dale is known for using mechanical gadgets in his acts.
CLOWN AROUND From left, Ella and Mary Jamieson from Seaham with storyteller Louise Corcoran