Definition of play or act the fool in English:
Behave in a playful or silly way.
- Have things changed this much, or am I just once again playing the fool by believing him?
- They were acting the fool and I just caught them in the act of acting the fool.
- But the film belongs to Clooney, who plays the fool and the charmer with polished, devil-may-care ease.
clown about/around, act the clown, act the fool, fool about/around, mess about/around, monkey about/around, footle about/around, joke, play pranks, indulge in horseplay
British informalmuck about/around, fanny about/around
datedplay the giddy goat
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