play the fool

play the fool
to behave in a silly way, often to make people laugh.

Teenagers will often play the fool in class when they don't know the answers.


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  • play the fool — If someone plays the fool, they behave in a silly way to make people laugh. ( Act the fool is and alternative form.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • play the fool — CLOWN ABOUT/AROUND, fool about/around, mess about/around, lark about/around, monkey about/around, joke; informal horse about/around, act the goat; Brit. informal muck about/around. → play * * * play/act/the fool …   Useful english dictionary

  • play the fool — by the time she was ten, Ronnie knew it was her God given job to play the fool Syn: clown around, fool around, mess around, monkey around, joke; informal horse around …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • play the fool — pretend you are a fool, act simple or foolish    If you play the fool, people will often tell you secrets …   English idioms

  • play the fool —    If someone plays the fool, they behave in a silly way to make people laugh. ( Act the fool is and alternative form.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • play the fool — to behave in a silly way, often in order to make people laugh. Come on guys, stop acting the fool and pay attention …   New idioms dictionary

  • To play the fool — Fool Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad; a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.] 1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • play the fool — Cut capers, cut didoes, act the buffoon, act like a fool, make a fool of one s self, play tricks or pranks …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • play the fool — act like a fool …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To Play the Fool — infobox Book | name = To Play the Fool title orig = translator = image caption = To Play the Fool cover author = Laurie R. King illustrator = cover artist = Honi Werner country = United States language = English series = Kate Martinelli series… …   Wikipedia

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