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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

slang To joke, play, or otherwise behave in a silly way. I can see you boys clowning around back there! Sit down and do the math problems I assigned. The kids are just clowning around with each other in the backyard, if you want to call them for dinner.
See also: around, 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

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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While a few recent films (notably Clara's Heart) have attempted fairly complex portrayals of the lives of West Indian immigrants, for the most part, cinematic treatment of this population tends towards the extremes of clownishness or criminality.
The Lancashire man is not necessarily a representative of clownishness.
As steered (with an occasionally heavy hand) by director Michael Schlitt at Actor's Gang, Michael Niemand (Herzl) and Joseph Grimm (Hitler) fare best when they revel in the essential clownishness of the material rather than reaching for an emotional engagement with the audience that works against the comic ironies of the play.
For it does seem that Colescott exaggerated the features of the bottommost figure, while the vibrant patterning of his jacket only emphasizes his clownishness.
Kahn has clearly tried hard, perhaps too hard, to compensate by cranking up the clownishness full-tilt.
And even though his new concert film is reportedly a laugh riot, the groundbreaking director worries that clownishness may be a price of mainstream popularity.
Originally Lewis planned to present a kaleidoscopic history of Zenith within Babbitt's dream, but in the event he dropped this historical dimension and also toned down the clownishness of Babbitt himself.
Victorian witnesses appeared less aware of Sam's bumbling clownishness than is Anthony Jenkins.
As their major-label career advanced, the structural tension inherent in their conflicted outlook grew more pronounced--the clownishness, the fascination with failure, the strategic self-loathing so fundamental to their idea of themselves clashing ever more powerfully with the reality that they were, in fact, artists possessed of substantial musical gifts.