no fool like an old fool
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(there's) no fool like an old fool
An older person who makes foolish decisions is especially at fault, as experience should have taught them not to do such things. My grandfather got caught trying to buy weed from some kids in the neighborhood. No fool like an old fool, eh? There's no fool like an old food—what did you think would happen if you tried to hide your profits to avoid the taxes? Wait, Uncle Al spent his life savings on a boat? Wow, there really is no fool like an old fool!
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(there’s) ˌno fool like an ˈold fool(saying) an older person who behaves foolishly appears more foolish than a younger person who does the same thing, because experience should have taught him not to do it: Fred is going to marry a woman thirty years younger than him. There’s no fool like an old fool.
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there's no fool like an old fool
Foolishness does not abate with age. This observation was already a proverb when John Heywood amassed his 1546 proverb collection. It has been repeated ever since.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer