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] .


Nearby words

  1. crazy bone,
  2. crazy eights,
  3. crazy golf,
  4. crazy horse,
  5. crazy house,
  6. crazy paving,
  7. crazy quilt,
  8. crazy top,
  9. crazyweed,
  10. crc

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