act/play the fool


: to behave in a silly or foolish way
If you keep playing the fool by asking silly questions, people won't take you seriously.

Examples of act/play the fool in a Sentence

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“Act/play the fool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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