figure of fun

figure of fun

A person who is ridiculed or not taken seriously. Jesse became tired of being treated like a figure of fun so he changed his demeanor to be taken more seriously.
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figure of fun

a person who is considered ridiculous.
1990 Richard Critchfield Among the British [Reagan] was the first American leader in my lifetime who was widely regarded over here as a figure of fun.
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a figure of ˈfun

somebody who is often laughed at by other people: As a young man he was admired, but as an old man he became a figure of fun.
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FIGURE OF FUN Dan hits back at Piers over audience stats
The 40-year-old care assistant said though he knew the fun day was taking place he was stunned to see such a figure of fun metres from the resting place of his loved ones.
He was humiliated, he was made a figure of fun for your own amusement and then you filmed him.
It is clear that he cannot prosper as a professional boxer and carry on with the kind of antics that have made him a figure of fun.
Discussions over 'Black Pete' have grown increasingly fierce in the Netherlands in recent years, with opponents saying the figure is a blatantly racist caricature with big red lips and 'afro'-style hair, while supporters argue he is a harmless figure of fun.
Ranieri started the season as a figure of fun who was being widely tipped for the sack before he'd even had the chance to unpack his training cones and flash a winning smile at the tea lady.
The Celtic defender is adamant being a figure of fun just fuels his ambition to land more medals.
He may have been a figure of fun to some as England failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1994.
At school Amber feels her background, her appearance and most of all, her 'caveman' mobile phone make her a figure of fun.
Johnson, who became a figure of fun for England supporters in the last two series, also contributed with the bat as Australia recovered from 132-6 in their first innings, and Cook was left to rue letting the home side off the hook.
According to Sport24, left-arm quick Johnson has become something of a figure of fun for England fans after several erratic performances against Australia's arch rivals, where he had struggled to maintain a disciplined line and length.
This must also be the first time tragic cellist Jacqueline du Pre has been treated as a figure of fun.
That Cable's gaffes have led to his becoming a figure of fun doesn't dilute his potential for upholding the politically correct lie that alludes to immigration as social enrichment.
SKODA, once seen as a motoring figure of fun, was named best car manufacturer in a major survey by Which?
Sir Michael described the bad aspects of his mother's care, saying she was patted on the head and called "ducky" or "dear", dressed in somebody else's clothes, and, on one occasion, her face had been "painted garishly", "like a clown, a figure of fun, and far from the woman who brought me up".