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What does the expression 'crazy like a fox' mean?


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2007-08-18 17:47:14
2007-08-18 17:47:14

Seemingly foolish but actually very shrewd and cunning. For example, You think Bob was crazy to turn it down? He's crazy like a fox, because they've now doubled their offer. This usage gained currency when humorist S.J. Perelman used it as the title of a book (1944). From Answers.com

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