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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!
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.
make a laughingstock of (oneself or something)and make (oneself or something) a laughingstock
to make oneself a source of ridicule or laughter; to do something that invites ridicule. Laura made herself a laughingstock by arriving at the fast-food restaurant in full evening dress. The board of directors made the company a laughingstock by hiring an ex-convict as president.
make a laughingstock of
Lay open to ridicule, as in They made a laughingstock of the chairman by inviting him to the wrong meeting-place, or She felt she was making a laughingstock of herself, always wearing the wrong clothes for the occasion . The noun laughingstock replaced the earlier mockingstock and sportingstock, now obsolete. The idiom was first recorded in 1667.