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English definition of “hold sb/sth up to ridicule”

hold sb/sth up to ridicule

to laugh unkindly and publicly at someone or something, or make them or it seem stupid: Her plans were held up to ridicule.Mocking and taunting
(Definition of hold sb/sth up to ridicule from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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