could have fooled me

Definition of could have fooled me

used to say that something seems very surprising or doubtful based on one's own observations
  • "He's an expert in his field." "Well, you sure could have fooled me!"

Word by Word Definitions

could play
  1. : past tense of can

  2. used in auxiliary function in the past, in the past conditional, and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

fool play fooled
  1. : a person lacking in judgment or prudence

  2. : a retainer (see 1retainer 1) formerly kept in great households to provide casual entertainment and commonly dressed in motley with cap, bells, and bauble

  3. : one who is victimized or made to appear foolish : dupe

  1. : foolish, silly

  1. : to behave foolishly

  2. : to meddle, tamper, or experiment especially thoughtlessly or ignorantly

  3. : to play or improvise a comic role

me play
  1. : objective case of i


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