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make sport of (someone or something)
To ridicule, mock, or tease someone or something; to make fun of someone or something. I really don't appreciate you making sport of my disability like that. Don't make sport of your sister—you know how sensitive she can be!
1. A sport that is watched by an audience, such as football or baseball. My favorite spectator sport is ice hockey, what's yours?
2. By extension, something other than sports that people watch without participating in. The Democratic and Republican National Conventions turn the presidential election into a spectator sport. Gym class is not a spectator sport! Stand up and start participating.
be a sport
1. To be helpful and amiable. In this usage, the phrase usually precedes a request. Be a sport and get me another drink, will you?
2. To be good-natured or amiable despite unpleasant circumstances. In this usage, "good" is usually used between "a" and "sport." I know you're disappointed to have lost the game, but try to be a good sport, OK?
the sport of kings
Horse racing. I find it supremely ironic that what my father-in-law called the sport of kings ended up costing him his life savings.
sport with (someone or something)
To joke, tease, or trifle with someone or something. I know you think you're just sporting with us, but it's starting to feel more like harassment. The Greek myths have a lot of fascinating stories of the gods sporting with mortal men and women.
Someone who is good-natured or amiable under circumstances that are unpleasant or not ideal. I know you're disappointed to have lost the game, but try to be a good sport, OK? Thankfully, they were good sports about all our teasing.
(a) good sport
someone who can accept a loss in a competition or can accept being the butt of a joke. Bob is usually a good sport, but this time he didn't seem to appreciate your joke.
make fun of someone or something
to ridicule someone or something. Are you making fun of me? I am making fun of your hat.
sport of kings
horse racing. The sport of kings has sure impoverished a lot of commoners.
sport with someone or something
to tease or play with someone or something. What a tease you are! You are just sporting with me! The dog was sporting with a turtle down by the stream.
make fun of
Also, poke fun at; make sport of. Mock, ridicule, as in The girls made fun of Mary's shoes, or They poked fun at Willie's haircut, or I wish you wouldn't make sport of the new boy. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the mid-1800s, and the third from the early 1500s.
the sport of kingshorse racing.
be a (good) ˈsport(informal) be generous, cheerful and pleasant, especially in a difficult situation: She’s a good sport. ♢ Go on, be a sport (= used when asking somebody to do something for you).
n. friend; chum. (A term of address.) Well, sport, looks like we have a little problem here.
make fun of
To mock; ridicule.