- From laughing + stock (“source, supply; butt, target”). Compare also whipping-stock, jesting-stock. (Wiktionary)
“Andradh was a laughing stock for ten years thereafter.””
“This remark seemed to have its effect with Appanius. âIf this gets out, you will be a laughing stock in Ar, â said another.”
“But its shortcomings and the frailty of human nature made it the despair of practical men and the laughing stock of philosophers and ironists.”
“But you also know that if you don't make it stick you'll be the laughing stock of every police force from Paris to Pago-Pago, and afterwards you'll be lucky if your bosses trust you to look for lost dogs. ”
“But since it pleaseth thee to be an ass, I will make thee a spectacle and a laughing stock to great and small.”
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