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fool's errand Explained

fool's errand at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[sing.] a task that has no hope of being successfully carried out:
He sent me on a fool's errand.

Fool's errand at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Fool \Fool\, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad;
a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated
ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.]
1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of
understanding; an idiot; a natural.

2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or
pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one
without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.

Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn
in no other. --Franklin.

3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious
wisdom; a wicked person.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
--Ps. xiv. 1.

4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or
buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed
fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.

Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?

{April fool}, {Court fool}, etc. See under {April}, {Court},

{Fool's cap}, a cap or hood to which bells were usually
attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.

{Fool's errand}, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure
or undertaking.

{Fool's gold}, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in

{Fool's paradise}, a name applied to a limbo (see under
{Limbo}) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and
nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain

{Fool's parsley} (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
({[AE]thusa Cynapium}) resembling parsley, but nauseous
and poisonous.

{To make a fool of}, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to
shame. [Colloq.]

{To play the fool}, to act the buffoon; to act a foolish
part. ``I have played the fool, and have erred
exceedingly.'' --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.

fool's errand at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

fool's errand
n : a fruitless mission

fool's errand at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: en-noun » head=fool's errand|pl=fools' errands
  • Inter: idiomati » c A foolish undertaking, especially one that is purposeless, fruitless, nonsensical, or certain to fail.
    1. 1821, Category: w - :Walter_Scott|Sir Walter Scott, Kenilworth, ch. 1,
    2. : If I were to travel only that I might be discontented with that which I can get at home, methinks I should go but on a 'fools errand'''.
    3. 1988, Michael S. Serrill, "Diplomacy To Dream the Impossible Dream," Time, 7 Mar.,
    4. : Shultz took little notice of the Soviet view or that of others who said his Middle East mission was a 'fools errand'. "You cant be too afraid of failing," said the 67-year-old diplomat.
    5. Inter: idiomati » c Such an undertaking, assigned as a prank.


      * Inter: sense » foolish undertaking lost errand, sleaveless errand, wild goose chase

  • Inter: sense » prank snipe hunt, key to the midway


    Inter: trans-top » foolish undertaking
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|hullu|alt=hullun Inter: t+ » fi|homma

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » fool's errand
    Translation: ml » fool's errand