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laughing stock

A person who is the subject of mockery after a blunder. If I mess up this speech, I'll be the laughing stock of the school!
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laughingstock

someone or something that is the target of ridicule. After he passed out at the president's dinner, he became the laughingstock of all his colleagues.

a laughing stock

If you describe someone or something as a laughing stock, you mean that people think they are silly. The truth must never get out. If it did she would be a laughing stock. His policies became the laughing stock of the financial community.
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laughing stock

a person subjected to general mockery or ridicule.
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a ˈlaughing stock

a person that everyone laughs at because they have done something stupid: I can’t wear this to the party! I’ll be a laughing stock!
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References in classic literature ?
I should become the laughing-stock of Scotland Yard.
Let me die forthwith,' he replies, 'and be avenged of my enemy, rather than abide here by the beaked ships, a laughing-stock and a burden of the earth.
For in unfolding to you the story of my life, I do not wish to make myself a laughing-stock before these idle listeners, who indeed know all about it already, but I am looking for a man of feeling and education.
All these, therefore, are melancholy laughing-stocks.
On past evidence, that guarantees laughing-stock status.
Under the new regime, the repeated announcements of grand openings made it a laughing-stock.