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a fool and his money are soon parted
Foolish people make purchases without consideration; it is easy to sell something to someone foolish. As soon as Greg won the big lottery jackpot, he turned around and spent it all at the casino. A fool and his money are soon parted.
part with (someone or something)
1. To relinquish, let go of, or give up someone or something. My dad does everything in his power not to part with his money, so we don't expect to get anything we don't absolutely need. I hate to part with this dress, but if you really want it, you can have it.
2. To separate or depart from someone or something; to stop associating with someone or something. I was so surprised to learn that he was parting with the agency—he'd been with them for nearly ten years! John parted with Bill after it came to light that Bill didn't want to ever have kids.
1. To leave or depart from someone or something. It is always terrible having to part from the children when I travel for work. The billionaire announced that he had parted from the company he helped to establish.
2. To separate someone from someone else; to take a person away from someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "part" and "from." The earthquake has parted many from their families as transportation services continue to be out of service. The job parted me from my family for months at a time.
part (one's) hair
1. To comb or brush one's hair into two discernible sections, leaving a single clear division between them. I always used to part my hair straight down the middle, until someone in school said I looked like a dork. Why did you start parting your hair on the right like that?
2. To travel extremely close to one's head while passing by overheard. The bullet may have parted my hair, but it didn't leave so much as a scratch on me. The bird came diving toward me from the air, then parted my head as it flew past to snatch the food from Mary's hand.
3. Of a sound, to be extremely loud, forceful, or percussive. The flautist finished on an incredible high note that parted the hair of everyone in the audience. The blast parted our hair, but beyond that it didn't cause any harm.
part over (something)
To separate from or discontinue one's association with someone due to some problem or disagreement. You two have been together for such a long time—it would be a shame to part over such a silly argument! The business partners decided to part over differing opinions as to how the company should be run.
fool and his money are soon parted
Prov. Foolish people spend money, without thinking. (Perceived as a rebuke if you say it about the person you are addressing.) Go ahead and buy a diamond collar for your dog if you really want to. A fool and his money are soon parted. Bill sends a check to every organization that asks him for money. A fool and his money are soon parted.
part from someone
to leave someone. I just hate parting from you. I must part from her now.
part (someone or an animal) from (someone or an animal)
to take someone or an animal away from someone or some other animal. It was difficult to part the mother dog from her puppies. I hated to part the mother from her child.
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A silly or stupid person readily wastes money. For example, Albert is known for giving waiters enormous tips-a fool and his money are soon parted. This proverbial expression has been cited again and again since the mid-1500s.
a fool and his money are soon parted
People say a fool and his money are soon parted to point out that it is easy to persuade someone who is not sensible to spend their money on worthless things. That old saying that a fool and his money are soon parted applies to City financiers too, for example the 15 who entrusted City trader Hugh Lowe with their retirement cash of £20 million. Note: This expression is very variable. I have learnt from years of experience that you can never prevent a fool from parting with his money; you can only delay the process.