fools rush in where angels fear to tread


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fools rush in

proverb Foolish people make decisions quickly, with little serious thought. A shortened version of the phrase "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Naturally, he sent us that angry email before learning all the facts. Fools rush in, after all.
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Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Prov. Foolish people usually do not understand when a situation is dangerous, so they are not afraid to do things that would frighten more sensible people. Alan: Bob is too scared to go in and confront the boss, so I'm going to. Jane: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
See also: angel, fear, Fool, rush, tread
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Ignorant or inexperienced individuals get involved in situations that wiser persons would avoid, as in I've never heard this symphony and here I am conducting it-oh well, fools rush in where angels fear to tread , or He tried to mediate their unending argument-fools rush in. This expression, so well known it is sometimes shortened as in the second example, is a quotation from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism (1709): "No place so sacred from such fops is barr'd ... Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
See also: angel, fear, fool, rush, tread
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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People say fools rush in where angels fear to tread or fools rush in to mean that stupid people often do or say things without thinking enough about them first. `Sometimes I stop and think, Good God, how did I get into this,' she says with a laugh. `Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.' That was something none of the three of us would have dared to say. Fools rush in... Note: This expression is often varied, especially by using other words instead of fools and angels. Amateurs rush in where professionals fear to tread. Note: This proverb comes from Alexander Pope's `An Essay on Criticism' (1711).
See also: angel, fear, fool, rush, tread
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

fools rush in where angels fear to tread

people without good sense or judgement will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. proverb
See also: angel, fear, fool, rush, tread
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fools rush ˈin (where angels fear to ˈtread)

(saying) people with little experience attempt to do the difficult or dangerous things which more experienced people would not consider doing
See also: fool, rush
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Summary: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. And so it goes for Russia's imperial overture in Syria.
"For fools rush in where angels fear to tread," wrote Alexander Pope in An Essay on Criticism.
Such proposals naturally bring to mind what Alexander Pope wrote almost 300 years ago, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread!"