fools rush in where angels fear to tread

1711 POPE Essay on Criticism 1. 625 No Place so Sacred from such Fops is barr’d, Nor is Paul’s Church more safe than Paul’s Church-yard: Nay, fly to Altars; there they’ll talk you dead; For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.

1858 G. J. MCREE Iredell’s Life & Correspondence II. 277 Rash presumption illustrates the line, ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread’.

1922 JOYCE Ulysses 649 Prying into his private affairs on the fools step in where angels principle.

1943 H. MCCLOY Do not Disturb ii. The folly of the officious is proverbial: don’t rush in where angels fear to tread.

1975 ‘C. AIRD’ Slight Mourning xv. ‘The deceased was of—er—a forceful personality. Not over-sensitive, either, from all accounts.’ ‘Ah, I see. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread’.


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  • fools rush in (where angels fear to tread) — spoken phrase used for saying that people who are not sensible do things without thinking carefully about what may happen as a result Thesaurus: not showing careful thought or good judgmentsynonym Main entry: fool * * * fools rush ˈin (where… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. — Fools rush in (where angels fear to tread). something that you say which means that stupid people do things without thinking about them enough. Alan volunteered to be chairman and now he regrets it. Fools rush in, is all I can say …   New idioms dictionary

  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread — This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread — ► fools rush in where angels fear to tread proverb people without good sense or judgement will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. Main Entry: ↑fool …   English terms dictionary

  • Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear to Tread — The line For fools rush in where angels fear to tread. was first written by Alexander Pope in his poem An Essay on Criticism .It has since been used as follows:the full line* Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) , a 1940 song covered by… …   Wikipedia

  • Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) — Fools Rush In (1940) is a popular song. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer with music by Rube Bloom. [cite book first= Phillip.Glenn MIller also did a version of this song last= Furia authorlink= coauthors= year= 1990 title= The Poets of… …   Wikipedia

  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread —    This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread — unwise people are often reckless and imprudent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread — proverb people without good sense or judgment will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid …   Useful english dictionary

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread — Infobox Book name = Where Angels Fear to Tread title orig = translator = image caption = author = E. M. Forster illustrator = cover artist = country = United Kingdom language = English series = genre = Novel publisher = William Blackwood and Sons …   Wikipedia

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