not suffer fools (gladly)

(redirected from suffer fools)

not suffer fools (gladly)

To refuse to deal with or tolerate ignorant people or behavior. My father was a shrewd, well respected businessman who didn't suffer fools gladly. You'll learn not to suffer fools when you've been in this job for a few weeks.
See also: fool, not, suffer
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

not suffer fools gladly

Refuse to tolerate stupidity, as in Chris can be intimidating at these meetings; she does not suffer fools gladly. This expression comes from the New Testament (II Corinthians 11:19), where Paul sarcastically says, "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise." [c. 1600]
See also: fool, gladly, not, suffer
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

not suffer fools gladly

If you do not suffer fools gladly, you are not patient with people who you think are stupid. She doesn't suffer fools gladly and, in her view, most people are fools.
See also: fool, gladly, not, suffer
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

not suffer fools gladly

be impatient or intolerant towards people you regard as unwise or unintelligent.
This expression refers to 2 Corinthians 11:19: ‘For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise’.
2001 Daily Telegraph Such was her expertise as a Victorianist that her advice was widely sought, though she did not suffer fools gladly.
See also: fool, gladly, not, suffer
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

not suffer fools ˈgladly

not be patient or polite with people who are less intelligent than you: He says what he thinks and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Some people consider him a bit arrogant.
Suffer here means ‘accept somebody annoying or unpleasant without complaining’.
See also: fool, gladly, not, suffer
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

suffer fools gladly, does not

Refuses to put up with stupidity. This rather flip rejection of those one considers stupid comes from the King James translation of the Bible, “For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise” (2 Corinthians 11:19). This statement, of course, is a sarcasm; Paul actually is saying that those who put up with fools (in this instance, braggarts) are themselves fools. Today the term is always used in the negative.
See also: does, fool, not, suffer
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also:
References in classic literature ?
He was, I believe, not in the least an ill-natured man: very much the opposite, I should say; but he would not suffer fools gladly.
He's someone who doesn't suffer fools gladly but he'll be hurting and desperate for Hearts to be up there again among the top two or three.
She could be fierce and, I am pleased to say, did not suffer fools. But on the other hand had a soft heart and would defend friends and those in need with great tenacity."
They are authoritative, often to the point of being autocratic; they don't suffer fools; they are opinionated, often eloquent; they possess good judgment; they play percentages better; they are mentally strong; they are not insecure
"I get the impression he doesn't suffer fools gladly."
CALL The Midwife star Miriam Margolyes has revealed she is scared of Dame Judi Dench saying: "She doesn't suffer fools."
Call the Midwife star Miriam Margolyes has revealed she is scared ofDame Judi Dench-- who "doesn't suffer fools" and probably found her a bit "silly".
CALL the Midwife star Miriam Margolyes has revealed she is scared of Dame Judi Dench - who "doesn't suffer fools" and probably found her a bit "silly".
The Captain didn't suffer fools and everything had to be done properly and meticulously, but it was the best place I've ever been to as far as looking after the horses was concerned.
"He was a winner as a player and he doesn't suffer fools. He's a good coach and he's very tactically aware.
Bedworth folk are well known for being straight talking and do not suffer fools gladly.
an invaluable ally, co-worker, and eagle-eyed editor, who was always polite but did not suffer fools easily."
"It's always been my experience that if you are dealing with someone who you think may not suffer fools gladly, it's probably quite a good idea not to be a fool" - Robin Fell, who was the Commons head doorkeeper, defends Speaker John Bercow against accusations of bullying.
It will be a nice year to bow out for a no-nonsense Yorkshireman who doesn't suffer fools, doesn't mind a row, but has the kindest of hearts in which Liverpool enjoys a special place.