Definition of play the clown
- He was always playing the clown.
: game, sport
: the conduct, course, or action of a game
: to engage in sport or recreation : frolic
: to have sexual relations
: to move aimlessly about : trifle
: farmer, countryman
: a rude ill-bred person : boor
: a fool, jester, or comedian in an entertainment (such as a play)
: to act as or like a clown
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