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the emperor's new clothes

Something widely accepted as true or professed as being praiseworthy due to an unwillingness of the general population to criticize it or be seen as going against popular opinion. Taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the same name, in which a vain king is sold imaginary clothing (i.e., nothing at all) by two weavers who promise him that it is visible only to the wise and cannot be seen by those who are ignorant, incompetent, or unfit for their position. The company's newest device is, in fact, a complete waste of money, but so many people are invested in their brand loyalty that they will continue to buy and adore it like the emperor's new clothes.
See also: clothes, new
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the ˌemperor’s new ˈclothes


the ˌemperor has no ˈclothes

used to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realises that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc: Soon, investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks.This comes from a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Two men offer to make an emperor a new suit from a very light material which they say stupid people cannot see. When the emperor puts on the suit, nobody wants to appear stupid so they all praise his new clothes. However, when a little boy asks why the emperor has no clothes on, everybody admits that they can see no clothes and that the emperor is naked.
See also: clothes, new
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None of the Emperor's clothes had met with such approval as these had.
We can scarcely strip the emperor's clothes from a man who has built a career, or at least a lurid love life, out of strutting around without them.
"Brexit is New Emperor's Clothes," said Dr Bateman later, saying it is something that cannot deliver what it promises.
None of the emperor's clothes had ever before received such praise.
about the emperor's clothes. The emperor was first cheated by his royal tailor but the subjects dared not say a word, even though there were no clothes stitched for him but plenty of money must have been passed into the tailor's hands to bring out the most expensive and regaling wear, befitting the royal power and authority of the no-nonsense emperor.
Even those who were once falling over themselves to sing paeans to the emperor's clothes are increasingly venting their frustration over the state of affairs.
In the Andersen story, the weavers made everyone believe that the emperor's clothes are invisible to those who are unfit of their positions, stupid and incompetent.
Washington stripped him of his emperor's clothes: he now heads a Palestinian government-in-waiting that is unlikely ever to be attached to a state, viable or otherwise.
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Less than a hundred days into its tenure, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in a hurry to shed its assumed skin and wear its original emperor's clothes. The election-time posturing -- of equality for all, fear for none -- is now an encumbrance it is straining under.
It remains to be seen who takes over the emperor's clothes, including that sharp suit, on Match of the Day next season.
In the end though what counts is who stands on the side of justice, truth and humanity and who like everyone else joins the crowd to hail the Emperor's clothes. If not in this life, it certainly will in the next.
"The government gives thousands of dinars to advisors and consultancy firms to tell them that emperor's clothes are beautiful, while he is wearing nothing," he said, referring to the famous short tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
Carmen Callil, founder of the British feminist publisher Virago Press, said in the Guardian newspaper that praise for Roth was a case of the "emperor's clothes."
Was this I wonder, a case of the emperor's clothes - the London critics raved about the play, so we dim provincials must do the same?