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Fool

In chess, the French call the “bishop” fou, and used to represent the piece in a fool's dress; hence, Regnier says, “Les fous sont aux échecs les plus proches des Roi…

Fools

(French, fol, Latin, follis.) (1) The most celebrated court fools: (a) Dagonet, jester of King Arthur; Rayère, of Henry I.; Scogan, of Edward IV.; Thomas Killigrew, called “King …

Fool's Bolt

A fool's bolt is soon shot (Henry V., iii. 7). Simpletons cannot wait for the fit and proper time, but waste their resources in random endeavours; a fool and his money are soon parted. The …

Fool Thinks

As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks (Latin, “Quod valde volumus facile credimus”). A foolish person believes what he desires. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cob…

Cap of Fools

(The). The chief or foremost fool; one that exceeds all others in folly. “Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.” Shakespeare: Timon of Athens, iv. 3. Source: Dictionary o…

April Fool

Called in France un poisson d'Avril (q.v.), and in Scotland a gowk (cuckoo). In Hindustan similar tricks are played at the Huli Festival (March 31st). So that it cannot refer to the uncerta…

Fool's Paradise

Unlawful pleasure, illicit love, vain hopes. Thus, in Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse says to Romeo, “If ye should lead her [Juliet] into a fool's paradise, it were a gross ... behaviour.…

Kissing a Fool

Director:Doug EllinWriters:Doug Ellin and James Frey Director of Photography:Tom Del RuthEditor:David Finfer Music:Joseph VitarelliProduction Designer:Charles BreenProducers:Tag Mendillo, Andr…

Court Fools

(See Fools .) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Court Holy WaterCourt-cupboard A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Rela…

Physician or Fool

Plutarch, in his treatise On the Preservation of Health, tells us that Tiberius was wont to say, “A man of thirty is his own physician or a fool.” Source: Dictionary of Phrase…