crazy like a fox
Seemingly foolish but actually very shrewd and cunning. For example, You think Bob was crazy to turn it down? He's crazy like a fox, because they've now doubled their offer. This usage gained currency when humorist S.J. Perelman used it as the title of a book (1944). [Early 1900s] .
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May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”
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