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.
See also: fool, take
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The British electorate are intelligent enough people to know when it's time to act, although Tony Blair took us for fools last time when there was no reason for intervention, but this time action is the only recourse.
They took us for fools but, if some of these people are voted back in again next year, then some of us are still fools.