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Examples of tomfoolery in a Sentence
There was a lot of tomfoolery going on behind the scenes.
the open bar may have had something to do with the tomfoolery at the wedding reception
Recent Examples of tomfoolery from the Web
Expect a show filled with Irish tunes, dancing and plenty of stories and tomfoolery at North Central College in Naperville.
Today, the Internet's most powerful companies have tried their best to get in on the tomfoolery.
This is just a different stage for performing the tomfoolery.
There's none of the MacBook Pro Thunderbolt-only tomfoolery here.
Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have disputed the nonpartisan analyses that back up those claims as academic tomfoolery.
And Axios co-founder Mike Allen relays his take on the tomfoolery bewitching the swamp.
Despite all the head-scratching tomfoolery, Auburn still had two shots at a Hail Mary at the end to win the game against a Clemson team that would go on to win the national title.
The postseason is no place for such shenanigans or tomfoolery.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, "Thome Fole" was a name assigned to those perceived to be of little intelligence. This eventually evolved into the spelling tomfool, which, when capitalized, also referred to a professional clown or a buffoon in a play or pageant. The name Tom seems to have been chosen for its common-man quality, much like "Joe Blow" for an ordinary person or "Johnny Reb" for a soldier in the Confederate army, but tomfoolery need not apply strictly to actions by men. In Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908), for example, Marilla Cuthbert complains of Anne: "She's gadding off somewhere with Diana, writing stories or practicing dialogues or some such tomfoolery, and never thinking once about the time or her duties."
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Definition of tomfoolery for English Language Learners
: playful or silly behavior
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