poke fun

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Verb1.poke fun - subject to laughter or ridiculepoke fun - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
tease - mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
lampoon, satirise, satirize - ridicule with satire; "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"
debunk, expose - expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas; "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
stultify - cause to appear foolish; "He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"
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No sooner was it finished than it began to laugh and poke fun at him.
shall be able to poke fun at the whole gang if the spirit so moves
CHARLIE BROOKER'S WEEKLY WIPE BBC2, 10pm The eponymous arch-miserablist is back for a long overdue neW series in Which he gets to poke fun at the World's media as they address the events of recent days.
list=PLZRf9OqttPLP8Jfa6pHScBxFzU0IjNGeY) videos on YouTube that poke fun at the plethora of reality shows on television.
Obama stopped, flashed a Hawaiian hand sign and used the opportunity to poke fun at an issue he wasn't poking fun at when his critics were hammering him about it.
Vyacheslav Pyetsukh finds plenty of opportunities to poke fun at the late-glasnost moment (1989) in which he was writing, but the best laughs come at the expense of such hallmarks of nineteenth-century Russian fiction as earnest and endless philosophical discussion.
In this Christmas special, Paul Merton and Ian Hislop (pictured) again poke fun at the great and the good, with some celebrity colleagues.
Paul Merton and Ian Hislop once again poke fun at the great and the good.
The actor slapped a legal notice on Micromax Mobile late October, contending that the advertisement - in which two 'bais' (servants) poke fun at him - "amounted to wilful character assassination and contempt of court.
For some reason, when you're blessed with the whole package--pale skin, freckles, an overbite, and beet-colored tresses--it's only natural that sophomoric blonds and brunets poke fun.
Fun' is the operative word here, as Richard Lederer and John Shore poke fun at the misuse of punctuation and how choices in punctuation can have very different results.
She looks absolutely stunning in the new Virgin Mobile ad and she will impress a lot of people with her natural beauty, acting skills, great comic timing and her ability to poke fun at herself.