fool's cap

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fool's cap

1. A gaily decorated cap, usually with a number of loose peaks tipped with bells, formerly worn by court jesters and clowns.
2. See dunce cap.
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fool's cap

1. (Clothing & Fashion) a hood or cap with bells or tassels, worn by court jesters
2. a dunce's cap
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1. a type of inexpensive writing paper, esp. legal-size, lined, yellow sheets, bound in tablet form.
[1690–1700; so called from the watermark of a fool's cap formerly used on such paper]

fool's′ cap`

1. a traditional jester's cap or hood, often multicolored and usu. having several drooping peaks from which bells are hung.
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Noun1.fool's cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupilsfool'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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That's how it always is with these Schilleresque noble hearts; till the last moment every goose is a swan with them, till the last moment, they hope for the best and will see nothing wrong, and although they have an inkling of the other side of the picture, yet they won't face the truth till they are forced to; the very thought of it makes them shiver; they thrust the truth away with both hands, until the man they deck out in false colours puts a fool's cap on them with his own hands.
She sat to-night revolving, as she was wont, the scenes of the day, her lips often curling with amusement at the oddities to which her fancy added fresh drollery: people were so ridiculous with their illusions, carrying their fool's caps unawares, thinking their own lies opaque while everybody else's were transparent, making themselves exceptions to everything, as if when all the world looked yellow under a lamp they alone were rosy.
But the Sisu camp believes, that far from it being a bit of sparring, the April Fool's cap will slip over the eyes of their opponents and leave them wide open to a knockout.
criminals were arrayed as fools, crowned with a fool's cap, seated