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

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hold sb/sth up to ridicule

to laugh unkindly and publicly at someone or something, or to make someone or something seem stupid: Her plans were held up to ridicule.
Translations of “hold sb/sth up to ridicule”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使…成為笑柄, 公開嘲笑…, 戲弄……
in Chinese (Simplified) 使…成为笑柄, 公开嘲笑…, 戏弄……
(Definition of hold sb/sth up to ridicule from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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