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British pronunciation/ɐ lˈafɪŋ stˈɒk/
American pronunciation/ɐ lˈæfɪŋ stˈɑːk/
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a person or thing so silly or ridiculous that everyone makes fun of

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laughing stock definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "laughing stock" and when to use it?

The idiom "laughing stock" has its roots in Middle English and was originally used in the form "laughingstocke." It combines the words "laughing" and "stock." In this context, "stock" referred to a wooden post or trunk, often used for various purposes. This expression is used to describe someone or something that is widely ridiculed, made fun of, or regarded with amusement and contempt by others. It suggests that the person or thing has become the subject of laughter and derision.

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The politician's embarrassing gaffe made him the laughing stock of the entire nation.
The new product's design was so bizarre that it became the laughing stock of the industry.
Becoming the laughing stock of the office was the last thing he wanted, so he double-checked his presentation
She didn't want to be the laughing stock of the school, so she practiced her speech tirelessly.
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