the butt of a/the joke

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the butt of a/the joke

The target of a joke; the person or subject being mocked or ridiculed. My big brother loves to tease me—every time he opens his mouth, I'm the butt of the joke. No one likes being the butt of a joke, but the best thing to do is just laugh with them.
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butt of a joke

the reason for or aim of a joke, especially when it is a person. Poor Fred was the butt of every joke told that evening.
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Tory high command maintains that their leader is relaxed about the film - he knows he'll look even shallower by complaining about being the butt of a joke, even a bad joke.
And she was stunned to be the butt of a joke over her fling with England footy boss Sven Goran Eriksson.
and "Which members of your group are most (and least) likely to be the butt of a joke at work?
Even though novices are parties to many jokes, they rarely joke with or about others, and they almost never dare make an established group member the butt of a joke.