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the butt of a/the joke

The target of a joke; the person or subject being mocked or ridiculed. My big brother loves to tease me—every time he opens his mouth, I'm the butt of the joke. No one likes being the butt of a joke, but the best thing to do is just laugh with them.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

butt of a joke

the reason for or aim of a joke, especially when it is a person. Poor Fred was the butt of every joke told that evening.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He's constantly the butt of the joke and the fall guy I suppose.''
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At first glance, the themes of heroic virtue and comic infidelity might not seem to be complementary, but as the papers of Jeffrey Persels, Gary Ferguson, Paula Sommers, and Jerry Nash demonstrate, under Marguerite's feminist pen, representations of heroic virtue are more frequently comic than exemplary, and while calling male honor into question, frequently make men the butt of the joke. Stories of comic infidelity also provoke laughter at the expense of men, though infidelity is comic only in certain specific circumstances as the papers of Judy Kem and Sommers show.