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[fool-proof] /ˈfulˌpruf/
involving no risk or harm, even when tampered with.
a foolproof method.
Origin of foolproof
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05; fool1 + -proof Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He tried to figure out some foolproof way of cabling to Havana, but the censorship hazards were too great.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • All of us—all the Academy top brass—develop a foolproof test for cadet maneuvers.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • No matter how foolproof you think your setup is, if you start smuggling you're bound to get caught.

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

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Fastest lens, foolproof operation, guaranteed for the life of the owner, and retailing for exactly twenty-five dollars.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for foolproof


proof against failure; infallible: a foolproof idea
(esp of machines) proof against human misuse, error, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foolproof

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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