there's one born every minute


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there's one born every minute

A phrase used to express the opinion that the person or people being discussed are stupid and/or easily swindled or deceived. A variation of the expression, "There's a sucker born every minute," which is usually attributed to American showman P.T. Barnum. A: "Did those people seriously think he was going to race an actual shark?" B: "There's one born every minute."
See also: born, every, minute, one

there's one born every minute

People say there's one born every minute to mean that someone has just done something stupid, especially that they have been tricked. I have often seen these salesmen surrounded by crowds ready to buy. There's one born every minute!
See also: born, every, minute, one

there's one (or a sucker) born every minute

there are many stupid or gullible people about (used as a comment on a particular situation in which someone has been or is about to be deceived). informal
See also: born, every, minute, one

there’s one born every ˈminute

(saying) used to say that somebody is very stupid: You really believed he would pay you that money back? There’s one born every minute!
See also: born, every, minute, one
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