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[laf-ing-stok, lah-fing-] /ˈlæf ɪŋˌstɒk, ˈlɑ fɪŋ-/
an object of ridicule; the butt of a joke or the like:
His ineptness as a public official made him the laughingstock of the whole town.
Origin of laughingstock
First recorded in 1525-35; laughing + stock Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Make not thyself a laughingstock to me and such Christians as may be here.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • He saw his house unfinished, his wife rebellious, himself a laughingstock.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • And now she was making a laughingstock of the lad among the neighbours.

    Through Welsh Doorways

    Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • We would be the laughingstock of Fairview and Boxer Hall if it got out.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • They become a laughingstock to the enemy, an irritation to their own side.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • So all this made him rather a laughingstock among the regular hands.

    Seven Frozen Sailors George Manville Fenn
  • But the news when it spread next morning made them the laughingstock of all creation.

    On Guard

    Upton Sinclair

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