take (someone) for a fool

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take (someone) for a fool

To presume or believe that someone is very stupid or foolish. I'd advise you not to take her for a fool. She may play dumb, but she's very crafty.
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Nevertheless, Western media outlets are taking us for fools to claim that the torture bill only includes force-feeding.
But he'll regret taking us for fools when he is booted out at the next election - then it will be "lol" for the rest of us.
Mr Balls said: "George Osborne is taking us for fools if he thinks we will believe that will mean more jobs and more growth in the economy.
Blame for much of the financial crash must lie with New Labour, but if George expects us to believe that he would have reined in his friends in the city, he is taking us for fools.
We invoiced and expected payment in good faith but now just feel as if they are taking us for fools.
Quite frankly, I think that the Prime Minister and the Labour Party are taking us for fools.