another name for kookaburra (sense 1)
- Laughing matter
see under no joke
- Laughing soup
noun phrase Liquor; booze (1934+)
[laf-ing-stok, lah-fing-] /ˈlæf ɪŋˌstɒk, ˈlɑ fɪŋ-/ noun 1. an object of ridicule; the butt of a joke or the like: His ineptness as a public official made him the laughingstock of the whole town.
n. also laughingstock; 1510s, formed by analogy with whipping-stock “whipping post,” later also “object of frequent whipping” (but that word is not attested in writing in this sense until 1670s). See laughing + stock (n.2).