old-fashioned To be or act very foolish. "Motley" refers to the type of clothes court jesters traditionally wore, having different colors in different areas of patches. But I suspect it will be the president wearing motley in the end if his signature tax bill turns into the disaster many analysts are predicting.
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wear motleyplay the fool.
Motley was the name given to the particoloured clothes worn by a court jester in former times.
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