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  • n  acting like a clown or buffoon

  • Out goes the humor of social complicity, of reasonably mature characters; in stomps the japery of sexual humiliation, in which grimly aggressive caricatures swat each other with .
  • Specialists dozed through raucous japery and ear-splitting versions of such old Floor favorites as "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" or "The Wearing of the Green.
  • Maybe it took the absence of the guest of honor to drain the show of the usual sentiment, Hollywood gush or Friar's Club japery that lards so many of these black-tie events.

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