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April fool

the victim of a practical joke or trick on April Fools' Day.
a practical joke or trick played on that day.
Origin of April fool
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You may get two hundred to one against him at this blessed moment, and he'll be at twenty to one before April fool Day.

  • This paper published the account as an April fool's Day joke, though later it took to itself the credit for having believed it.

  • For an April fool's Day gathering, ask each guest to come prepared to do some sleight of hand trick.

    Games for Everybody May C. Hofmann
British Dictionary definitions for April fool

April fool

an unsuspecting victim of a practical joke or trick traditionally performed on the first of April (April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for April fool

1680s; April-gowk (from Old Norse gaukr "a cuckoo") is a northern variant. April Fool's Day customs of sending people on false errands seem to have come to England from France late 17c.; originally All Fool's Day (1712). In Cumberland, Westmorland and northern parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire, however, May 1 was the day for hoaxing, and the fool was a May gosling. That custom was first attested 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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