flannelled fool


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flannelled fool

One who plays the sport of cricket. Taken from the white flannel trousers cricketers wear. Primarily heard in UK. Every afternoon you can see us flannelled fools gathered in the park for a spot of cricket.
See also: fool
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I tend to be with Kipling with regard to the flannelled fool at the wicket and the muddied oaf at the goal most of the time, although often liking the hard working individuals concerned.
But then I am sure any true flannelled fool would assure me that that's not cricket.
Worsley's Flannelled Fool, and Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, are personal favorites as well.
Given the recent revelations regarding Geoffrey Boycott and Paul Gascoigne, you can see just who Kipling had in mind when he coined his phrase about "the flannelled fool at the wicket, the muddied oaf at the goal".
24 Which poet famously wrote of sportsmen in his vehement work The Islanders as "the flannelled fools at the wicket or the muddied oafs at the goals"?
But my two days among the flannelled fools certainly showed up some odd sights.
This is seriously stupid, even by the spectacular standards set by the flannelled fools of Lord's.