Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

laughing stock

laughing stock
Meaning(s)
1) someone subjected to mockery or ridicule
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • make a laughing stock of someone
  • Analysis
    Someone or something that is a 'laughing stock' is silly or subject to others laughing at them or being ridiculed by others. This has a negative connotation in that the laughter is usually mocking. This phrase can be used in social contexts. "Don't wear that jacket outside. You look ridiculous, you'll be a laughing stock." It can also be used in professional contexts. "We can't release a program with this many bugs in it. We'll be a laughing stock." Similar in meaning to 'the butt of the joke'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The player's consistent mistakes made him a laughing stock amongst the team.
    2. The poorly made advertisement turned the business into a laughing stock.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Releasing a product that was clearly inferior to its competitors' latest release turned the company into a laughing stock.
    2. Being unprepared for the presentation made me look like a complete laughing stock in front of the client.
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