To poke fun at

Also found in: Idioms.
to make a butt of; to ridicule.

See also: Poke

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
shall be able to poke fun at the whole gang if the spirit so moves
One posted: "We are less than 15 minutes into the#VMAsand this host no one has ever heard of has already tried to poke fun at mental health and trauma.
The person who runs the account uses different voices/accents and characters to poke fun at society.
Barely four days after Beijing officially banned the new Disney film about Winnie the Pooh, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) tweeted an image of Taiwan's mascot OhBear to poke fun at China's paranoid censorship.
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.
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.
There was the case of Peter poking fun at a British politician based on her height and now Peter thinks it's funny to poke fun at a human being who suffered extreme injuries serving his country.
This cartoon uses hyperbole (comic exaggeration) to poke fun at an issue in the news.
"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."
The statement said that the campaign was "meant to poke fun at slices of everyday life, but this execution clearly crossed the line".