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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.
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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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An equal number of clownishly costumed performers work for rodeos, according to the Rodeo Clowns & Bullfighters Association.
In one of his conversations with legendary Berlin religious-studies scholar Klaus Heinrich (Theweleit's second source), Muller, who at times toward the end of his life presented himself clownishly in less-than-earnest interviews and discussions, clarified in a serious moment his often ambiguous concern with the German nation and German history, claiming he actually wished for a "burial of the nation": not monuments and gravestones, but disappearance.
Director Gyula Gazdag and screenwriter Miklos Gyorffy set this story within an elaborate frame: the tale of the operetta's composition, by a pair of clownishly bureaucratic librettists, Dezso and Reszo, for characters who have minds--or at least wills--of their own.