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act the fool

1. To behave comically or playfully, often to amuse others. If you continue to act the fool, you're going to have to leave the classroom. Joe never acts the fool—he's always serious.
2. To behave irresponsibly or immaturely, especially in an environment where it is especially inappropriate. Don't let me catch any of you kids acting the fool at the museum—it's a privilege to even go inside. We finally get invited to a nice dinner party and you have to go and act the fool—what's wrong with you?
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act/play the ˈfool

behave in a stupid way to make people laugh, especially in a way that may also annoy them: It’s impossible to have a decent game of tennis with Frank — he acts the fool the whole time.If you played the fool in class a little less and worked a bit harder, you could do quite well.
In the past, a fool was a man employed by a king or queen to entertain people by telling jokes, singing songs, etc.
See also: act, fool, play
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I get the The Scotland captain can act the fool with the best of them but when it's game time he's got his head screwed on and tonight Brown will be deadly serious.
He won't get the chance to act the fool today as he's going to be racing in the middle of the pack and any repetition of the Ascot debacle will see him among the double deckers and funfair on the inside of the track.
The hosts are accountable, keep the idiots in-line and you'll be summarily uninvited if you act the fool.
PARENTS and children are being invited to act the fool in Bedworth - for one night only.
When Lesley Joseph takes the stage as the wicked queen in this year's panto, Snow White, at Newcastle's Theatre Royal, she'll be another in a long line of stars willing to act the fool for the sake of tradition.