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poke mean fun

English translation: to laugh at, to make fun of, to ridicule, to tease

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English term or phrase:poke mean fun
English translation:to laugh at, to make fun of, to ridicule, to tease
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12:01 Feb 24, 2009
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English term or phrase: poke mean fun
In the sentence below, what does "poke mean fun" mean? I know what "to poke fun" means. Thanks in advance.

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China is currently converting to the Euros - this was jus a poor attempt to poke mean fun at the situation.
Alexandre Reis
Brazil
Local time: 18:22
to laugh at, to make fun of, to ridicule, to tease
Explanation:
poke fun - subject to laughter or ridicule;
MEAN- CRUEL, MALICIOUS, selfish, unkind.

To cruelly tease, make fun of 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"
Meaning:
Subject to laughter or ridicule
Synonyms:
blackguard; guy; jest at; laugh at; make fun; poke fun; ridicule; rib; roast
Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "poke fun"):
tease (mock or make fun of playfully)
lampoon; satirise; satirize (ridicule with satire)
debunk; expose (expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas)
stultify (cause to appear foolish)

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Miriam300
Local time: 22:22
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4 +3to laugh at, to make fun of, to ridicule, to tease
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13 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
to laugh at, to make fun of, to ridicule, to tease


Explanation:
poke fun - subject to laughter or ridicule;
MEAN- CRUEL, MALICIOUS, selfish, unkind.

To cruelly tease, make fun of 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"
Meaning:
Subject to laughter or ridicule
Synonyms:
blackguard; guy; jest at; laugh at; make fun; poke fun; ridicule; rib; roast
Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "poke fun"):
tease (mock or make fun of playfully)
lampoon; satirise; satirize (ridicule with satire)
debunk; expose (expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas)
stultify (cause to appear foolish)




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Miriam300
Local time: 22:22
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Patricia Townshend: Yes, ridicule in a malicious way.
51 mins
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agree  David Moore
3 hrs
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agree  Alexandra Taggart: or to redicule ( less kind suggestion)
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Feb 26, 2009 - Changes made by Miriam300:
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