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make (a) mock of (someone or something)

To subject someone or something to mockery or ridicule; to make fun of someone or something. The film openly makes mock of the sacrifices and hardships our soldiers had to endure during that unfortunate war. His crass, spiteful speech made a mock of our democracy.
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mock up

To create a draft, model, or simulated version of something to demonstrate how it looks or works. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mock" and "up." We mocked up a prototype of the new irrigation system to demonstrate its benefits to the city council. I sketch out the designs of our latest cars, and the engineering department mocks them up.
See also: mock, up

mocking is catching

If one engages in mockery, it encourages others to do the same. A: "As soon as he started making fun of me, the other kids joined in too!" B: "Oh dear, mocking is catching, isn't it?"
See also: catching, mock
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

mock something up

to make a model or simulation of something. The engineers mocked the new car design up for the managers to see. They mocked up the new car design.
See also: mock, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

mock up

To make a model of something, especially as part of a presentation: We mocked up our ideas for the stage scenery to see if it would be hard to build. Take these building plans and mock them up for the presentation.
See also: mock, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert," Palin said mockingly as she rummaged through her kitchen cupboards for graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.
Twice-sacked Mandy is being brought back as a kind of anti-spin supremo for what MPs have mockingly dubbed a "Ministry of Truth".
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Replying a question that Taliban had asked its operatives to stop its offensive against Pakistani security forces because they were Muslims, the diplomat mockingly said:"After years of long acts of subversion, all of a sudden it occurred to them that their target was a Muslim state, what a realization." (ANI)
In the email, he mockingly said: "Despite propaganda, which says that American surveillance can observe a bird flying, one of the hijacked planes landed in the office of the minister of defence."
Jamie's pet name for Kate is Withnail - and he often mockingly refers to himself as 'And I' in reference to his lack of fame compared to hers," the Sun quoted a source as saying.
The concert, which has mockingly been nicknamed 'Michael Aid' with reference to the star's rumoured financial problems, is expected to net over $30m.
Danny Flowers, 25, was enraged when his wife Kate mockingly gave him the same brand of aftershave as that worn by his best friend, with whom she had "entered into an adulterous relationship", according to his solicitor.
He was cheered when he mockingly waved a white flag at the board indicating they had surrendered to the British multinational.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak today mockingly 'thanked' DAP's RSN Rayer for his initial celebration of news that Utusan Malaysia would be shut down, saying that actually led to an outpouring of public support for the Malay daily.
Netizens have responded with humorous comments to the video.One Twitter user mockingly commented: 'They want Kashmir.' A similar incident happened in 2017 when a BSF soldier could not maintain his balance while marching and fell down during the parade.
As the campus of Fu Jen University was inundated by flood waters from a massive rain bomb that blasted northern Taiwan, photos began to surface on Taiwan's PTT Bulletin Board System of students frolicking in what many mockingly referred to as the "Leofoo Village Theme Park." The water was soon so deep that roads on the campus became "rivers" on which large groups of students could be seen riding huge inflatable rafts.