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  1. laughing stocknoun

    An object of ridicule, someone who is publicly ridiculed; a butt of sport.

  2. Etymology: * laughing + stock. Thought to originate from the time when stocks were used to punish and humiliate petty criminals.


  1. Laughing Stock

    Laughing Stock is the fifth and final studio album by Talk Talk. Released in 1991, it was the only album the band released on the jazz-based Verve Records, after acrimoniously leaving EMI. Like its predecessor, Spirit of Eden, the album featured improvised instrumentation from a large ensemble of musicians, including as many as seven violists on occasion, and the lyrical themes are often religious. The recording sessions have attained near-mythical status among underground music fans; Tape Op magazine ran an extensive article detailing the demanding recording sessions, marked by Mark Hollis' perfectionist tendencies, and his use of candles and incense to set the mood. Engineer Phill Brown stated that the album, like its predecessor, was "recorded by chance, accident, and hours of trying every possible overdub idea." However, compared to prior Talk Talk albums, he goes on to note that "Laughing Stock is a different beast. I am very proud of the album, it's probably one of my best projects.... but I find it dark and claustrophobic." Original bass guitarist Paul Webb had left the band prior to recording, reducing Talk Talk to the duo of Lee Harris and Mark Hollis.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laughing stock in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laughing stock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of laughing stock in a Sentence

  1. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Building castles in the air, and making yourself a laughing-stock.

  2. Rukia Mahmoud:

    If you are raped and decide to speak out, everybody in the village would taunt you, that's why most rape victims keep it secret as they don't want to be a laughing stock.

  3. Blair Palese:

    We have taken an absurd course and we have locked ourselves out of conversations that are critical - we're a laughing stock in the U.N. on this issue.

  4. Dan Grazier:

    It’s certainly a laughing stock now.

  5. Juergen Maier:

    Where the UK used to be beacon for stability, we are now becoming a laughing stock, it has been clear for weeks, that the only way that this will be resolved is through compromise between the government and parliament.


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