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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.
See also: around, clown
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Foundation for Laughter in Dallas, Texas has two primary functions, according to Co-Founder Tiffany Riley The first is to train and develop hospital clowning programs and, two, to teach math and science through circus arts in schools.
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Now 76, he's spent the last six decades clowning around the world.
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But those weirdos, and criminals who have been donning the clown paint, terrorising communities and preying on scared schoolkids have wrecked good old-fashioned clowning.