Took them for fools - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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take (one) for a fool
To presume or believe that one 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.
take someone for an idiot and take someone for a fool
to assume that someone is stupid. I wouldn't do anything like that! Do you take me for an idiot? I don't take you for a fool. I think you're very clever.
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The Rooster Bar - John Grisham, Hodder & Stoughton - out Tuesday THREE law students heavily in debt go rogue and set up an illegal firm and plan an elaborate high-stakes revenge on the shady law school they believe took them for fools
Three heavily indebted law students go rogue - and set up an entirely illegal firm - while planning revenge on the shady law school they believe took them for fools