act the fool


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act the fool

1. To behave comically or playfully, often to amuse others. If you continue to act the fool, you're going to have to leave the classroom. Joe never acts the fool—he's always serious.
2. To behave irresponsibly or immaturely, especially in an environment where it is especially inappropriate. Don't let me catch any of you kids acting the fool at the museum—it's a privilege to even go inside. We finally get invited to a nice dinner party and you have to go and act the fool—what's wrong with you?
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IT TAKES a clever person to hold a serious job and now and again act the fool.
It was OK with them,'' said Easley, who first came looking for a place to act the fool without being worried about the reaction.
He won't get the chance to act the fool today as he's going to be racing in the middle of the pack and any repetition of the Ascot debacle will see him among the double deckers and funfair on the inside of the track.
PARENTS and children are being invited to act the fool in Bedworth - for one night only.