make an ass (out) of (someone or oneself)

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make an ass (out) of (someone or oneself)

rude slang To do something that makes someone or oneself seem stupid or ridiculous. I'm not going to dance too much at the party because I don't want to make an ass of myself in front of my coworkers. I know Greg is only trying to impress Lisa, but he's making an ass out of himself by telling so many corny jokes. Don't let him make an ass out of you like that—say something back!
See also: ass, make, of
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make an ass of oneself/someone, to

To make an utter fool of oneself or someone else. This term has been current since Shakespeare’s time, for the “ass”—along with the donkey—has been equated with stupidity and foolishness since Cicero’s day. A ruder version is to make a horse’s ass (a horse’s behind) of someone.
See also: ass, make, of, to
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