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la fing stok

  • n  a victim of ridicule or pranks

  • But he won a moral victory, because publicity from the trial made a laughingstock of anti-evolutionists for most of a century, anyway.
  • MS: Palin is widely regarded as an intellectual laughingstock.
  • These marauding savages have made a laughingstock of the law.
News & Articles

  • A streetlight named dysfunction
        “We’re starting to be the laughingstock,” said Sun Valley Councilman Franz Suhadolnik at a City Council meeting on Thursday, June 6.
    June 12, 2013 - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
  • NBA notes: Kidd interested in Nets’ coaching position
    The Brooklyn Nets, in search of a coach to secure their future, are reaching into their past. Jason Kidd, whose arrival in 2001 transformed the franchise from laughingstock to contender, has placed his name in the candidate pool, according to a person briefed on the team’s coaching search.
    June 10, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune

  • Elena Kagan in New York Times
    About Justice Clarence Thomas, for instance, Ms. Kagan wrote that the Senate would have confirmed him easily in 1991 even though "his substantive testimony had become a national laughingstock."
  • Jimmy Dean in Guardian Unlimited
    This little thing has made Largo the laughingstock of the whole country,resident Jimmy Dean told commissioners. "It's a disgrace."
  • Arlen Specter in Forbes
    I think it's safe to say that the United States Senate would be the laughingstock of the country if - after all of the hyperbole and all of the publicity and all of the proposals and objections - we're not able to finish this bill,said Sen....

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