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Synonyms for fool



act or play the fool


fool around or about: mess about

fool around with something


Synonyms for fool

a person who is easily deceived or victimized

to cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation

to waste time by engaging in aimless activity

to handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively

to move one's fingers or hands in a nervous or aimless fashion

fool around: to waste time by engaging in aimless activity

fool around: to make jokes; behave playfully

fool around: to engage in kissing, caressing, and other amorous behavior

fool around: to be sexually unfaithful to another

fool away: to spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly

Synonyms for fool

a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages

make a fool or dupe of

indulge in horseplay

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It also showed that a musician must be not just good, but very, very good, to be able to play the fool without disrupting the group of which he is part.
The British are forced to play the fool, while ambition and greed rule.
The men of Gotham were resolved, if possible, to prevent this expense and depredation, so they resolved to play the fool. Some raked the moon out of the pond; some made a ring to hedge in a bird; others did equally foolish things.
Vanian, dressed in black and still looking remarkably good for a 61-year-old, prowled stage and worked the crowd throughout but the star of the show was Sensible, who may like to play the fool but actually plays magnificent Gibson guitar.
It seemed that his way of handling the increasing pressure on him was to joke around constantly and play the fool.
CARLTON COLE and Jack Wilshere were happy to play the fool yesterday.
And the postal worker fulfilled his pledge after friends raised pounds 570 to see him play the fool at the Wyken Pippin pub, in Ansty Road.
If I was an actor,hamstrung with this voice,I don't think I would ever get to play Lear -I wouldn't even get to play the Fool in that great play -but the Porter in Macbeth wouldn't be beyond me,or Puck in a Midsummer Night's Dream.
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"They say it takes a very clever person to play the fool and a lot of the things he does are just acting.