play the fool

Act in a silly or stupid way, as in Helen deliberately played the fool so they wouldn't realize she understood their strategy. [First half of 1500s]

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Related Words for play the fool

dabble, dawdle, doodle, loiter, play, puddle, putter, tinker, trifle, potter