the emperor's new clothes

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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 by two weavers who promise him that it can only 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

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
References in classic literature ?
None of the Emperor's clothes had met with such approval as these had.
Ironically, the amulet contained a prayer for love and protection; the British soldiers who ripped off the emperor's clothes and tore our his hair were said by an observer (the historian Clements Markham) to have given "three cheers over [the body of Emperor Theodore], as if it had been that of a dead fox, and then began to cur and rear the clothes to pieces.
One of them was offered by Jared Israel, founder of The Emperor's Clothes website, who believes that the oil-based argument diverts attention from the real issue here: the intent of the current administration to establish a military "iron ring" around Russia and, as a result, geopolitical supremacy over central Asia.
Challenge is in the air because the digital world removes the emperor's clothes," the authors write.
The Tuttle controversy was of the Emperor's clothes variety: there was so little, physically, to his work.
The emperor's clothes were more than just a dressed-up hue and the music press reacted in kind to hold HAL up as the essential 'quiet' band of 2005.
Rather like the Emperor's clothes, everyone knew the statistics were a sham
John's not alone in his style-free, Emperor's Clothes nightmare.
CAN someone help me out, I feel like the little boy in the fairy tale of the Emperor's Clothes who could not understand what all the fuss was about.
If Holloway's triumph was a sign of the times when the emperor's clothes didn't fit Roy Hodgson at Anfield, now the struggling Crystal Palace boss reckons it's worth a 10-0 "hammering" at Anfield just to hear the Kop belt out their anthem.
ONLY one yellow jersey in the pantheon of legends bears comparison with the emperor's clothes Bradley Wiggins should model in Paris tomorrow.
IT is still perceived as Britain's biggest robbery of a national institution, certain women trying to siphon a Beatle's bank account in the divorce courts aside, And 37 years on from referee Harry Gibbs' controversial verdict at Wembley, Sir Henry Cooper still cannot bring himself to forgive Joe Bugner for burgling the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight belts he wore like the emperor's clothes.
SEXY foot ball at Stamford Bridge was once confined to a pouting man's overcoat, but nobody cares about the emperor's clothes any more after this episode of Six and the City.
THE emperor's clothes still fit Alan Shearer, so it's sackcloth and ashes for those who ever doubted him.
It remains to be seen who takes over the emperor's clothes, including that sharp suit, on Match of the Day next season.