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A person who mocks someone or something:‘a mocker of authority’
- ‘I happened to like it, but I'm in disagreement with the rest of the brood of mockers with whom I saw it.’
- ‘The reality is far from that and a regular fixture would give these teams a chance to prove themselves to the mockers.’
- ‘Although he accepts that American inflections found their way into his accent, he wonders if the gentle mockers were conscious of just how much their own accents had altered over the same period.’
- ‘How could such a mocker take the most absurd aberration of the 20th century seriously?’
- ‘From under his creased brows he glowered with hate at the mockers.’
- ‘Mentioning it as a disease which is generally acquired under unsavory, but avoidable, circumstances and you are suddenly a mocker of dying children.’
- ‘How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?’
- ‘Yet, our intrepid movie mockers come up with classic lines, time and time again.’
- ‘The cynics and the mockers and the doubters can say what they like, but that's what these protests are about.’
- ‘In Aesop's fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare,’ a hare ridicules a tortoise who challenges his mocker to a race.’
- ‘Institutions and politicians were mocked; as it turned out, many of the mockers secretly admired their targets, and the targets enjoyed the mockery.’
- ‘He can turn the state of lonely self-loathing into a veritable inferno of seething threats, fans, mockers, competitors.’
- ‘And he allows himself to be mocked without taking revenge on the mocker.’
- ‘That's an interesting point, because he always said there were the mockers and the mourners, and he wanted people to be mourners, not mockers.’
- ‘I made it absolutely clear to the mockers and scorners at work, that I would only watch the intellectual channels - and football, of course.’
- ‘I defend you and your web site, although I don't agree with all your conclusions, against all those mockers, backward, stubborn and ignorant people.’
verbbe mockered up
Be dressed in smart or formal clothes:‘he was all mockered up in grey checks and a soft pink tie’
- ‘He was mockered up to the nines, his feet moving impatiently in the dust.’
- ‘During the weekend, she is "all mockered up".’
- ‘He's all mockered-up in his corduroy pants!’
- ‘The other day she was mockered up in her hard hat at some dreary construction site.’
- ‘Whenever you saw him, he was all mockered up, as neat as a beetle in its shell.’
[mass noun] Clothing:‘it was enough to get them to put their mocker back on’
- ‘It's just like me to get married in someone else's mokker.’
- ‘He gets into his old mocker and gets stuck in.’
- ‘He was climbing out of bed and donning clammy, greasy shearing mocker.’
- ‘You should just wear ordinary mokker.’
- ‘He went away in search of his mokker, which consisted of a freshly pressed pair of slacks and a bush shirt.’
Early 20th century: of unknown origin. Perhaps from Arabic makwa, a noun of place, from kawā, ‘to press (clothes)’, associated with Egyptian clothes-pressing establishments during the First World War, and from there used by New Zealand soldiers.
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