make a fool of oneself

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a fool of oneself

:to behave in a very foolish or silly way
  • He got drunk at the party and made a fool of himself.
  • He's making a fool of himself over that woman.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

fool play
  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

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self


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