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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.
See also: class, clown

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.
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Towards the end of September last year, Northumbria Police said officers had dealt with as many as six separate incidents in which people dressed up as clowns, which left children "incredibly distressed".
Last year the killer clowns had a real impact on demand, as people just got frightened of them," admits Malcolm.
Another clown was pictured lurking at a drive-through McDonald's in Kidderminster, terrorising customers.
For now, legitimate clowns have no choice but ride out the current fad of scary clowns.
Hospital staff and parents have remained supportive while creepy clown sightings pile up.
Police declared two of the clown calls during October to be faked by the callers.
People who make a living out of being a clown are really upset at this ridiculous craze, as it is starting to affect their livelihood.
That's why the whole clown industry is up in arms at present against creepy clowns - for ruining their livelihood: there are reports, for instance, of parents becoming reluctant to hire clowns for children parties for fear of unintended consequences.
Clowns were supposed to be funny but these idiots have left no one laughing.
The Welsh Government and South Wales Police have told officers to explain the consequences of dressing up as clowns and scaring people - including arrest, prosecution and a criminal record.
Charles Dickens even wrote about a disturbing clown in The Pickwick Papers in 1836.
Colin Thornton, who runs the Aladdin's shop on Hollowgate, condemned the string of clown sightings as a "social media frenzy".
ChildLine has been dealing with calls from children terrified by the wave of clown sightings, with volunteers in both Cardiff and Prestatyn delivering counselling sessions online and over the phone.