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the emperor's new clothes

Something widely accepted as true or professed as being praiseworthy due to an unwillingness of the general population to criticize it or be seen as going against popular opinion. Taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the same name, in which a vain king is sold imaginary clothing (i.e. really nothing at all) by two weavers who promise him that it is visible only to the wise, and cannot be seen by those who are ignorant, incompetent, or unfit for their position. The company's newest device is, in fact, a complete waste of money, but so many people are invested in their brand loyalty that they will continue to buy and adore it like the emperor's new clothes.
See also: clothes, new

the ˌemperor’s new ˈclothes


the ˌemperor has no ˈclothes

used to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realises that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc: Soon, investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks.This comes from a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Two men offer to make an emperor a new suit from a very light material which they say stupid people cannot see. When the emperor puts on the suit, nobody wants to appear stupid so they all praise his new clothes. However, when a little boy asks why the emperor has no clothes on, everybody admits that they can see no clothes and that the emperor is naked.
See also: clothes, new
References in classic literature ?
None of the Emperor's clothes had met with such approval as these had.
We can scarcely strip the emperor's clothes from a man who has built a career, or at least a lurid love life, out of strutting around without them.
about the emperor's clothes. The emperor was first cheated by his royal tailor but the subjects dared not say a word, even though there were no clothes stitched for him but plenty of money must have been passed into the tailor's hands to bring out the most expensive and regaling wear, befitting the royal power and authority of the no-nonsense emperor.
Even those who were once falling over themselves to sing paeans to the emperor's clothes are increasingly venting their frustration over the state of affairs.
In the Andersen story, the weavers made everyone believe that the emperor's clothes are invisible to those who are unfit of their positions, stupid and incompetent.
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It remains to be seen who takes over the emperor's clothes, including that sharp suit, on Match of the Day next season.
In the end though what counts is who stands on the side of justice, truth and humanity and who like everyone else joins the crowd to hail the Emperor's clothes. If not in this life, it certainly will in the next.
Was this I wonder, a case of the emperor's clothes - the London critics raved about the play, so we dim provincials must do the same?
All I ever hear from the IT domain is how wonderful the emperor's clothes are (to the tune of a $20B fashion show, no less).
Pardo Maria Tessa Ia Ana Rachel Ticotin (English, Spanish dialogue) Many of the weaknesses and few of the strengths of Guillermo Arriaga as a scripter are evident in his directing debut, "The Burning Plain." Multicharacter head-scratcher, yo-yoing between New Mexico and Oregon--and back and forth in time--doesn't finally reveal much beneath the emperor's clothes to repay viewers' concentration during the first half.
You can either hang on and pretend that it is; keep your fingers crossed and your eyes closed and hope no-one notices, or at least that if they do notice, they don't have the downright rudeness to point out that the emperor's clothes are looking just a bit threadbare these days.
'It's the Emperor's Clothes scenario, and it's no different with books.'
Like the emperor's clothes, I am afraid we assume or make believe that we know what a man is, should be and what masculinity entails--and that it is all currently present in perfection.
CAN someone help me out, I feel like the little boy in the fairy tale of the Emperor's Clothes who could not understand what all the fuss was about.