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Silly or foolish behavior.
clowning, fooling, tomfoolery, hoaxing, mischief, buffoonery, silliness, silly behaviour, skylarking, horseplayantics, capers, practical jokes, pranksfoolishness, stupidity, idiocylarking around, larks, shenanigansmonkey tricksdidoesharlequinadeView synonyms
- ‘Puns, outlandish narrative detours and other foolery are wildly evident in Milligan's scripts.’
- ‘In the end, even his holy foolery seems more glib than wise.’
- ‘In William Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night, Feste the clown is not the only fool who is subject to foolery.’
- ‘My smoking is stupid of course, but that's my damn foolery and none of the General's business.’
- ‘Caring for her kingdom had taught Aluvia a new kind of love that made her infatuation with Gadi foolery.’
- ‘‘Clearly,’ he wrote, ‘all such pieces of foolery will pass away as quickly as they have appeared.’’
- ‘On a former teacher's advice, he reads Flaubert's Bouvard and Pecuchet, which was the last word on this sort of foolery.’
- ‘I'll not have you poison this vessel with your foolery and slubbering.’
- ‘Looking back, she felt nothing but foolery and cursed herself for such immature motives.’
- ‘The masters of this sort of visual foolery are of course the people who post here.’
- ‘There's to be no biting, kicking, rearing or foolery, understand?’
- ‘Ivan could think of no other explanation for such foolery.’
- ‘Admittedly, he plays the baddy, a doctor sent into the asylum to sort things out - i.e. curb this reckless artistic foolery.’
- ‘There is silly foolery and there is heroic foolery, the Zeppelin-tinkerer explains.’
- ‘There's much foolery among them, but it's very difficult to fool the Vatican.’
- ‘In years gone by, entire summers could pass with barely a glimpse of flannelled foolery on the back pages of the tabloids.’
- ‘But we'll save some of my foolery for the intermission.’
- ‘I coolly laughed and tried to place a simple mask of foolery on my face.’
- ‘It could all turn out to be little more than a little pre-election April foolery, of course.’
- ‘For all its appearance of foolery, then, play is serious business that does not mask unpleasant realities hidden by ritual.’
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