laughing stock

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From laughing +‎ stock (source, supply; butt, target). Compare also whipping-stock, jesting-stock.

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laughing stock (plural laughing stocks)

  1. (idiomatic) An object of ridicule, someone who is publicly ridiculed; the butt of a joke.

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