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hold someone or something up to ridicule

Fig. to ridicule someone or something. They must stop holding Matt up to ridicule! Who do they think they are? She held up Donald to ridicule.
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While, with smooth and smiling cheek, the courtiers, each in turn, followed their Prince's example, and aimed a shaft of ridicule at Cedric, the face of the Saxon became inflamed with passion, and he glanced his eyes fiercely from one to another, as if the quick succession of so many injuries had prevented his replying to them in turn; or, like a baited bull, who, surrounded by his tormentors, is at a loss to choose from among them the immediate object of his revenge.
Very slowly these lectures, and the tireless activity of Hubbard, pushed back the ridicule and the incredulity; and in the merry month of May, 1877, a man named Emery drifted into Hubbard's office from the near-by city of Charlestown, and leased two telephones for twenty actual dollars--the first money ever paid for a telephone.
The critics, therefore, are in error who censure these licenses of speech, and hold the author up to ridicule.
But, D'Artagnan was not of a character to allow a man to escape him thus who had the insolence to ridicule him.
than thus descend the staircase at the Tuileries driven away by ridicule.
But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule.
The court made songs on the Parisians and the Parisians on the court; and the casualties, though not mortal, were painful, as are all wounds inflicted by the weapon of ridicule.
and their surprise at his accounts, at learning the degree of accommodation and arrangement which was practicable, drew from him some pleasant ridicule, which reminded Anne of the early days when she too had been ignorant, and she too had been accused of supposing sailors to be living on board without anything to eat, or any cook to dress it if there were, or any servant to wait, or any knife and fork to use.
I think in those days we were a little shy of our emotions, and the fear of ridicule tempered the more obvious forms of pretentiousness.
Philip passed from the innocence of childhood to bitter consciousness of himself by the ridicule which his club-foot had excited.
But as soon as he thought of what he should say, he felt that Prince Andrew with one word, one argument, would upset all his teaching, and he shrank from beginning, afraid of exposing to possible ridicule what to him was precious and sacred.
In the trivial intercourse of society she was open to ridicule on every side of her.
The woman of brilliance and audacity whom he had met in the hilarious hall showed a disposition to ridicule him.
The dancing spectacle thus came to an end amidst the laughter and ridicule of the audience.
How sad that so justly famous a satirist should mar his work by ridicule of people with long noses - who are the salt of the earth