fool away

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fool away spend frivolously and unwisely "Fritter away one's inheritance"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fool away to spend to no purpose or profit
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fol (Fr. fou), It. folle—L. follis, a wind-bag.

Usage

In literature:

She will become too clever and like all fools and criminals she will give herself away.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
My mother said I was a goose for not staying there and working up a nice business, instead of fooling away the territory for a horse.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I have fooled away too much time in trying to seek her out.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
The boys said he fooled them away from their homes with candy.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
I am not going to fool it away.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
You have fooled away your days and my money long enough.
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
Stupid fools, with noses longer than their bodies, who fly away when Gringalet barks at them!
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Good-day, I've fooled away time enough already.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
He was a cursed fool for ever thinking of trying to do anything but just dig away on a farm.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
I'm just making a fool of myself staying away.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
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In poetry:

Across the dew,
Just I and you,
With all the world behind us;
Away from rules,
Away from fools,
Where nobody can find us.
"Moon-Marketing" by Richard Le Gallienne
When the grey geese heard the Fool's tread
Too near to where they lay,
They lifted neither voice nor head,
But took themselves away.
"The Flight" by Rudyard Kipling
'Oh, will she come, or will she stay,
Or will she waste the weary day
With fools who wish her far away,
And hate her for her love O?'
"The Young Knight: A Parable" by Charles Kingsley
"Hence, if our manly sport offend!
With pious fools go chant and pray:—
Well hast thou spoke, my dark-brow'd friend;
Halloo, halloo! and, hark away!"
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
'But thou begone, take counsel, and away,
For hard by here is one that guards a ford—
The second brother in their fool's parable—
Will pay thee all thy wages, and to boot.
Care not for shame: thou art not knight but knave.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
As when the shadow of the gray eclipse
Haggards the countryside,
When moon-fooled birds have nothing more to say,
And soft untimely bats begin to slide;
As darkness sweeps the morning light away,
So silence brushes music now from lips.
"Eclipse" by William Hervey Allen Jr

In news:

No matter what the big story is, the talking heads on the TV news shows are guaranteed to cut away from it anytime some fool decides to run from the law.
It's April Fools' Day, which means somebody had to come away with egg on his face for failing to maintain an overabundance of caution.
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