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cap and bells

noun
  1. a fool's cap hung with bells.
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Origin of cap and bells

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for cap and bells

Historical Examples of cap and bells

  • I wonder where we could have him measured for a cap-and-bells.

    Modern Flirtations

    Catherine Sinclair

  • Often a man's own angry pride / Is cap-and-bells for a fool.

  • Every man I have met out here has the amazing guts to wear his crown of thorns as though it were a cap-and-bells.

    Carry On

    Coningsby Dawson


British Dictionary definitions for cap and bells

cap and bells

noun
  1. the traditional garb of a court jester, including a cap with bells attached to it
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