a state of enjoyment based on false beliefs or hopes; a state of illusory happiness.
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- fool hen,
- fool's cap,
- fool's errand,
- fool's gold,
- fool's mate,
Origin of fool's paradise
late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
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State of delusive contentment or false hope. For example, Joan lived in a fool's paradise, looking forward to a promotion she would never get. This expression was first recorded in 1462.
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