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foolproof

[fool-proof] /ˈfulˌpruf/
adjective
1.
involving no risk or harm, even when tampered with.
2.
never-failing:
a foolproof method.
Origin of foolproof
1900-1905
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05; fool1 + -proof
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  • All of us—all the Academy top brass—develop a foolproof test for cadet maneuvers.

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  • He had to establish some sort of foolproof disguise, and he had to make contact with Earth's underground.

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  • There are a few sequences of words that really are foolproof, carrying their own atmosphere and dignity with them.

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  • He had smashed the radio, a marvelously compact and foolproof outfit, arbitrarily tuned to a fixed short wave-length.

  • This time he wasn't afraid of meeting a Bandersnatch or anything else, for he had a method of escape that was foolproof.

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British Dictionary definitions for foolproof

foolproof

/ˈfuːlˌpruːf/
adjective
1.
proof against failure; infallible: a foolproof idea
2.
(esp of machines) proof against human misuse, error, etc
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Word Origin and History for foolproof
adj.

also fool-proof, 1902, American English, "safe against the incompetence of a fool," from fool (n.) + proof.

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