fool collocations and examples

 UK /fuːl/

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someone who does not behave sensibly

Adjectives frequently used with fool
when criticizing someone in a gentle way: old, poorOh, don’t listen to that old fool.believing something that is not true: deluded, gullible, misguided, naiveHe says that people who think fishing is cruel are misguided fools.stupid or crazy: crazy, mad, silly, stupidWhat crazy fool would bring a van onto the beach?complete: complete, utterJohn reacted in a way that made him seem a complete fool.sentimental: sentimentalBeing a sentimental old fool, I cried all the way through the film.not good at something: bumbling, incompetentHow could such a bumbling fool get to this position?
Verbs frequently used with fool
behave like a fool: act (like), behave like, grin like, play, talk likeHe was always playing the fool.seem like a fool: feel (like), look (like), sound likeI would have looked a fool if I’d been wrong.say or think that someone is a fool: call someone, take someone forI get the horrible feeling I’m being taken for a fool.

Usage note

When you make a fool out of someone, you deliberately make them seem stupid: I felt that they had made a fool out of me at the interview.When you make a fool of yourself, you make yourself seem stupid by behaving in a silly or embarassing way: He made a fool of himself by turning up drunk to a TV chat show.

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