- Institutions and politicians were mocked; as it turned out, many of the mockers secretly admired their targets, and the targets enjoyed the mockery.
- And he allows himself to be mocked without taking revenge on the mocker.
- The cynics and the mockers and the doubters can say what they like, but that's what these protests are about.
put the mockers on British informal
- Put an end to; thwart: the firm may be putting the mockers on its Sparc-compatible businessMore example sentences
- It puts the mockers on things as it was a free festival and the kids were really enjoying it.
- Besides, were she to be momentarily diverted by anything beyond the boundaries of her own, perfect body, her insurers would soon put the mockers on it.
- 1.1Bring bad luck to: someone has really put the mockers on the teamMore example sentences
- ‘I hope you're not putting the mockers on him,’ Kerr uneasily joked.
- The band broke up soon afterwards, some fans claiming she had put the mockers on the whole enterprise.
- He added: ‘I don't want to say I have solved my problems with the track, only to put the mockers on it and have a dud meeting.’
Words that rhyme with mockerblocker, chocker, docker, Fokker, interlocker, locker, mocha, ocker, quokka, rocker, saltimbocca, shocker, soccer, stocker
verb(be mockered up)
- The other day she was mockered up in her hard hat at some dreary construction site.
- He's all mockered-up in his corduroy pants!
- He was mockered up to the nines, his feet moving impatiently in the dust.
noun[mass noun] Back to top
- He went away in search of his mokker, which consisted of a freshly pressed pair of slacks and a bush shirt.
- It's just like me to get married in someone else's mokker.
- He was climbing out of bed and donning clammy, greasy shearing mocker.
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.
The phrase to put the mockers on, ‘to put an end to, thwart’, is originally Australian. It dates from the early 20th century and may come from Yiddish make ‘sore, plague’, or be the same word as mocker (Late Middle English) meaning ‘someone who mocks’. Another Antipodean mocker, meaning ‘clothes, dress’, was brought back from Egypt by New Zealand troops after the First World War. It is based on Egyptian Arabic makwagi ‘presser of clothes’-in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries there are clothes-pressing establishments with changing rooms where people can shed the outfits they are wearing and have them pressed. Mock (Late Middle English) meaning ‘to make fun of’ is a quite different word, from Old French mocquer ‘to ridicule’.
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