not suffer fools gladly

not suffer fools gladly

Refuse to tolerate stupidity, as in Chris can be intimidating at these meetings; she does not suffer fools gladly. This expression comes from the New Testament (II Corinthians 11:19), where Paul sarcastically says, "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise." [c. 1600]
See also: fool, gladly, not, suffer
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He was, I believe, not in the least an ill-natured man: very much the opposite, I should say; but he would not suffer fools gladly.
Double Grand Slam-winner Mike was a world-class scrum-half and a born winner who you just knew did not suffer fools gladly.
45pm A male nurse delays proposing to his girlfriend until he has won the approval of her strict father, a former CIA agent who does not suffer fools gladly, and vows to be on his best behaviour during a visit to her family home.
But Tess has her own style, does not suffer fools gladly, chastises when necessary and, week by week, has grown in confidence until she has made the presenter's role her own.
And presiding over it all is the landlady of the pub, Jules (Sharon Rooney, fresh from My Mad Fat Diary), who does not suffer fools gladly.
And presiding over it all is the landlady of the pub Jules (Sharon Rooney, fresh from My Mad Fat Diary), who does not suffer fools gladly.
Ashley obviously does not suffer fools gladly and it is a shame that more clubs are not run in similar efficient manner.
She is one of the most serious, focussed government ministers who do not suffer fools gladly and is known to run an extremely tight ship.
The humour is far outweighed by the poignancy of Mavis' dilemma, even though she is hard to like: she is arrogant, self-assured, and does not suffer fools gladly or sadly.
By contrast, Episcopalians do not suffer fools gladly.
It was a clash of cultures, he did not suffer fools gladly and was never afraid to voice his displeasure if his standards were not met.
He could be somewhat authoritarian and did not suffer fools gladly but he was admired by all.
He's a really nice guy, but a businessman first and foremost and is somebody who does not suffer fools gladly, but he is very philanthropic.