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merry-andrew

1. adjective Amusingly foolish or idiotic; of or characterized by clownish behavior or sensibilities, especially in public. Though at first I found him quite funny, Tommy's merry-andrew routine has grown quite tiresome lately.
2. noun A person who acts like a clown or buffoon in public, especially for the amusement of others; a fool or idiot in general. I know you enjoy the attention that being a merry-andrew brings, but if you act like a fool all the time, people will start believing you actually are one.
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The guests will then move on to the castle for A Schooling in Fooling at 11.30am, where Mister Peter Cooper will discuss traditional entertainment and how so-called 'Jack Puddings' and 'Merry Andrews' created comedy from chaos for the gentry.
Because such antick Tricks, and odd grimace, After their drunken Feasts on Holidays, The giddy and hot-headed Rout would please: As the wild Feats of Merry Andrews now Divert the sensless Crowd at Bartholmew.(8)