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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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Featherstone recalls that put her on her path to clowning around for a living.
Hornback's book offers much new insight into the complex religious and political functionalities of clowning in early modern England.
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Tony Eldridge, secretary of clowns International, said: "The clowning profession can do without stupid people who don't understand the profession and appreciate it is a performing art and not a spontaneous jolly jape.
Though the Clowns do walk in the Christmas Parade, the highlight is spending time clowning around with amazing children that are battling life-threatening illnesses, and deserve all the laughs the Clown Corps can give them.
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Now he's planning a protest alongside his clowning colleagues to make their voices heard.
THERE was a lot of clowning around at the National Garden Festival when a cavalcade of funny-faced people made the spring bank holiday one to remember, says this Chronicle archive picture story from May 1990.