dunce's cap


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dunce cap

also dunce's cap (dŭn′sĭz)
n.
A cone-shaped paper cap, formerly placed on the head of a slow or lazy pupil. Also called fool's cap.
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Noun1.dunce's cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupilsdunce's cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils
chapeau, hat, lid - headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
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Displayed on hooks upon the wall in all their terrors, were the cane and ruler; and near them, on a small shelf of its own, the dunce's cap, made of old newspapers and decorated with glaring wafers of the largest size.
Had the Celtic manager's efforts been recognised a fortnight ago and not yesterday, the 48-year-old would have had a dunce's cap sitting in front of him instead of the glinting metal cast of the Ladbrokes Premiership manager of the month award.
Peterhead were top of the class but who made the grade and who wore the dunce's cap? Albion Rovers Finished: 9th.
And he had another brain freeze last night in the 18th minute when Connor Roberts' brilliant first touch tempted him into a challenge so stupid, VERDICT FROM THE Guardiola could have been forgiven for asking him to wear a dunce's cap on the way home.
Connor Roberts' brilliant first touch tempted him into a challenge so stupid, Guardiola could have been forgiven for asking him to wear a dunce's cap on the journey home.
EDUCATION Secretary John Swinney should be made to wear a dunce's cap with a large capital "D" on the front of it for the way he has treated teachers.
Being made to wear a dunce's cap was public shame and humiliation that has thankfully fallen out of practice, as have the once regular beatings dispensed in schools.
Being told by gaffer Dennis Newall to get stripped for action at Gretna in 2004 was akin to being invited to don a dunce's cap at a footballing remedial school.
It's enough to make teacher-hating Michael Gove - the worst education secretary ever known - choke on his dunce's cap.
They will all be pulling his leg about being told off and sent to bed without supper and making sarcastic remarks about him wearing a dunce's cap.
This time it was Wiltshire's Roger East sporting the dunce's cap for sending off Wes Brown for a foul committed by John O'Shea.
Forget cross-country running or gym practice - thousands of pupils starting secondary schools are only fit to wear the dunce's cap in PE lessons.