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
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.
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This idea became the backdrop of Fock's News, a new YouTube show orchestrated by Ponder in an effort to poke fun of Fox News, which is known for its famously conservative slant on the news topics of the day.
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