dunce's cap

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dunce cap

also dunce's cap (dŭn′sĭz)
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.
If the definition of stupidity is making the same mistake over and over again, then Theresa May must be glad that they've abolished the dunce's cap.
Liverpool's defence are no strangers to the dunce's cap - the 7-0 jolly-up in Slovenia in midweek was their first away clean sheet of the season, and their fourth in 14 all told.
So I now have another dunce's cap to add to my drawerful.
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.
So while the deputy leader was given Aplus for effort, poor councillor Stacey was handed the equivalent of the dunce's cap.
NEXT up for a national dunce's cap was a Crown Prosecution Service who thought our legal system's time so worthless it could be wasted on a comedian who swore at his woman.