take (someone) for a fool

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take (someone) for a fool

To presume or believe that someone is very stupid or foolish. I'd advise you not to take her for a fool. She may play dumb, but she's very crafty.
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The political class in Washington is taking us for fools claiming the bases would be purely temporary in nature.
In summing up, I think it's time for the everyday sufferers to unite and complain en masse to Arriva Trains Wales and even to their local AMs or MPs, because this company is taking us for fools.
The government is taking us for fools every time it announces that we are on the right path by conforming to the demands of globalization.
Mr Balls said: "George Osborne is taking us for fools if he thinks we will believe that will mean more jobs and more growth in the economy.
Blame for much of the financial crash must lie with New Labour, but if George expects us to believe that he would have reined in his friends in the city, he is taking us for fools.
We invoiced and expected payment in good faith but now just feel as if they are taking us for fools.
Quite frankly, I think that the Prime Minister and the Labour Party are taking us for fools.
Nor is that all: -The Pentagon regime officials and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are taking us for fools claiming that the attacks are simply "self-defense" aimed at protecting US ground troops positioned inside Syria, and that the US would continue to do so in Mosul.
They're taking us for fools, say those using dental checks as a screen for letting none of them in.
Nevertheless, Western media outlets are taking us for fools to claim that the torture bill only includes force-feeding.
He is taking us for fools - especially when he sends one of his junior ministers to answer MPs' questions about the deal.