Simple Simon(redirected from a simple Simon)
dated A foolish, gullible, or incompetent person; a dullard. Scam artists prey on Simple Simons like you—people who would give all their personal details just because someone says they work for the bank. Why on earth did they promote a Simple Simon like Charlie to upper management? He'll run this place into the ground!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
A foolish, gullible person; a simpleton. This expression comes from the well-known nursery rhyme “Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair,” in turn a rhymed version of a tale from an eighteenth-century chapbook. By 1785 Grose’s dictionary defined the term as “a natural, a silly fellow.” James Joyce used it in Ulysses (1922): “I looked so simple in the cradle they christened me simple Simon.” However, it is probably obsolescent.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer