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.
Please to don't poke fun at a poor girl like me, mum.
shall be able to poke fun at the whole gang if the spirit so moves
Although netizens were certainly amused with Spiderman's flashy new suit, Captain America's rugged bearded look and the Guardians of the Galaxy reveal, some could not help but poke fun at the film's resident antagonist, the big-bad Thanos.
It is not unusual for comedy shows in Lebanon to poke fun of public figures, however there is more likely to be a violent reaction if the target of the ridicule is Hezbollah.
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.
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.