poke fun at

Meaning(s)

1. mock or ridicule someone/something

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poke fun at a person/situation

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'To poke fun at' someone means to tease them or make fun of them. To poke fun at someone is to mock them in a light-hearted way. Similar in meaning to 'make fun of', 'jeer' and 'ridicule'. "The cartoon pokes fun at the Trump administration."

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  1. She is a very sensitive person, and flips out if anyone tries to poke fun at her.
  2. Robert's car broke down in the middle of the woods. Rather than get upset, he poked fun at the situation, saying that knowing his luck he will probably get attacked by a bear next!
  3. It's not nice to go around poking fun at those less fortunate than you are.

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  1. Many people refuse to interview on that radio station, the presenter tends to poke fun at his guests.
  2. Satirical newspapers publish amusing articles that that poke fun at the news.

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