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poke fun at (someone or something)
To mildly taunt or mock someone or something; to make fun of someone or something. The humorist has long been poking fun at figures high in the social and political spheres, drawing the ire of many of them as a result. I was just poking fun at him—I didn't think he'd take it so personally!
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poke fun at someone or something
to make fun of someone or something. You shouldn't poke fun at me for my mistakes. They are just poking fun at the strange architecture.
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poke fun at
see under make fun of.
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poke fun attease or make fun of.
1989 Basile Kerblay Gorbachev's Russia They used to poke fun at his boorish ways.
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poke fun at
To ridicule in a mischievous manner.
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poke fun at, to
To mock or ridicule, to tease. Poke here means “to thrust,” and the fun is at the victim’s expense. This term has been around since 1835 or so. The OED cites Thomas Hood’s Up the Rhine (1840): “The American . . . in a dry way began to poke his fun at the unfortunate traveler,” a statement that leaves no doubt about who is having the “fun.”
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