Meaning of play the fool in English:

play the fool

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(also act the fool)
  • Behave in a playful or silly way.

    ‘Have things changed this much, or am I just once again playing the fool by believing him?’
    • ‘They were acting the fool and I just caught them in the act of acting the fool.’
    • ‘But the film belongs to Clooney, who plays the fool and the charmer with polished, devil-may-care ease.’
    • ‘Senior prisons officers said Friday that the inmates were not on a hunger strike but were ‘simply playing the fool.’’
    • ‘In order to raise funds for his dream school, he went about begging, singing, playing the fool and enduring humiliation for decades.’
    • ‘To my relief, both seem willing to offer more than just two-word replies today, with neither playing the fool.’
    • ‘I, rather than being tricked and playing the fool, prefer being slapped in the face.’
    • ‘On stage four young men are rapping, dancing, dissing each other and playing the fool.’
    • ‘I played the fool through much of university and I always had fun.’
    • ‘Now, when at work, he was able to play the fool - an idiot with a Rolleiflex.’
    clown about, clown around, act the clown, act the fool, fool about, fool around, mess about, mess around, monkey about, monkey around, joke, play pranks, indulge in horseplay
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