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also laughingstock; 1510s, formed by analogy with whipping-stock "whipping post," later also "object of frequent whipping" (but that word is not attested in writing in this sense until 1670s). See laughing + stock (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • I really do not wonder that the clerks have made me a laughing-stock.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Why, he must have been the laughing-stock of the whole land—and a laughing-stock never does anything.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • We'll be the laughing-stock of the Service if this leaks out!

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • I ain't to be a laughing-stock of the neighborhood any longer.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • She had made him a laughing-stock, a buffoon, a political joke.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • She and Pascualo had become the laughing-stock of the whole place.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • This girl has made me a laughing-stock and a despising-stock long enough.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He finds that honesty and morality are a sham, religion a laughing-stock.

  • Not many people do that, but those that do are the laughing-stock of the world.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • He must attempt the arrest in person or become the laughing-stock of his Indian wards.

    Under Fire Charles King

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