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Fool, vb. 1) trans. a) to make a fool of, to mock: “being --ed, by foolery thrive,” All's IV, 3, 374. “we will f. him black and blue,” Tw. II, 5, 12. “you are --ed, discarded and shook off by him,” H4A I, 3, 178. “f. me not so much to bear it tamely,” Lr. II, 4, 278.
b) to impose on, to deceive: “I do not now f. myself,” Tw. II, 5, 177. “to f. their preparation,” Ant. V, 2, 225. “she is --ed with a most false effect,” Cymb. I, 5, 42.
2) intr. to act or talk like a fool: “while I stand --ing here,” R2 V, 5, 60. “why old men f. and children calculate,” Caes. I, 3, 65 (O. Edd. why old men, fooles, and etc.). With an accus. noting the result: “you can f. no more money out of me,” Tw. V, 44. “they f. me to the top of my bent,” Hml. III, 2, 401. With a superfluous it: “rather than f. it so, let the high office and the honour go,” Cor. II, 3, 128.
The gerund --ing, substantively, == jesting in the style of a fool: Tp. II, 1, 177. Meas. I, 2, 71. Merch. II, 2, 88. Tw. I, 5, 36. Tw. I, 5, 36 II, 3, 23. II, 3, 23 II, 3, 23 Troil. V, 2, 101.
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