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make a mockery (out) of (something)

To treat something in a way that shows contempt for it, or makes it seem foolish. As usual, Hal made a mockery of the assignment, starting every sentence with the letter Y for no reason. I'm afraid that the pop star's candidacy has made a mockery out of this election.
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make a mockery of something

to make a deliberate parody or a poor imitation of something. What a mess. You made a mockery of the task. You have made a mockery of my position!
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make a mockery of something

If something makes a mockery of something, it makes it seem worthless and foolish. Scandal after scandal involving Members of Parliament made a mockery of the government's `family values' campaign. A different conclusion would have made a mockery of international law.
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make a mockery of something

make something seem foolish or absurd.
1998 New Scientist In some fisheries, waste makes up about half of the landed catch, which makes a mockery of most population models.
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make a ˈmockery of something

make something seem worthless or foolish: This decision makes a mockery of the party’s economic policy.
If you mock a person or thing, you laugh at them or it in an unkind way.
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References in classic literature ?
Be comforted," went on the old woman in her hateful tone of mockery.
No, the idea of mockery was far from me; I only meant to praise you.
The cold stars shone in mockery, and the bare trees waved their branches above me; now and then the sweet voice of a bird burst forth amidst the universal stillness.
The labours I endured were no longer to be alleviated by the bright sun or gentle breezes of spring; all joy was but a mockery which insulted my desolate state and made me feel more painfully that I was not made for the enjoyment of pleasure.
how well I know all the sadness and all the mockery that is contained in those three words.
No mockery at all," I answer: "Madam, a person said to be your husband (identity is difficult of proof after the lapse of many years) is in prison, his life in peril--the charge against him, murder.
The hair, stirred by the damp breeze, played in a kind of mockery of death--such a mockery as the dead man himself would have delighted in when alive--about its head, and its dress fluttered idly in the night wind.
There must be half a dozen times that their players have thrown themselves down and stayed down - that's just 12 minutes there, so it makes a mockery of that rule.
To require them to face the lottery of a two-leg play-off against Caerphilly before giving them the key to the Premier door makes a mockery of league rugby in Wales.
This is a mockery of a decision made by a mockery of an organisation.
They both involve the speaker's mockery of the message that is expressed in an utterance.
But a Prison Officers' leader said the case, which cost taxpayers pounds 500,000, made a mockery of justice.
This trajectory culminates in Doctor Faustus's repellent theological cruelty and Hero and Leander's sadis tic mockery.
It makes a mockery of the debt owed to creditors, a mockery of the Courts and a mockery of financial management.
But even closer to the bone: the comic passage Swomley cited in error has since been echoed by Bush's cavalier mockery, in the opening issue of Talk magazine, of Karla Faye Tucker and her execution.