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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mok(k)ing-stok, n. Also: mocking-sto(c)k. [e.m.E. mockyng-stoke (1526), mocking-stocke.] A laughing-stock. = Mok(k)ing vbl. n. b. — 1568 Lyndesay Pref. 9.
He did gif ouir into thair handis … quhatsumeuer … thing thai had to be maid mokking stokkis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 36/2.
I ame … the more offendit that we tua … sould be haldin as mocking stokis to everie man

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