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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!
make (someone, something, or oneself) a laughingstock
To subject someone or something to a mockery or ridicule; to make fun of someone or something. The president's decision to appoint TV personalities as her advisors has made our country a laughingstock of our country in front of the entire world. I felt I was making myself a laughingstock wearing such a silly costume in broad daylight.
make a laughingstock of (someone, something, or oneself)
To subject someone or something to a mockery or ridicule; to make fun of someone or something. The president's decision to appoint TV personalities as her advisors has made a laughingstock of our country in front of the entire world. I felt I was making a laughingstock of myself, wearing such a silly costume in broad daylight.
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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.
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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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
laughing stocka person subjected to general mockery or ridicule.
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