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    fool you from doing something...


    I've come across a particular usage of 'fool' as illustrated in the following sentences.

    It appears that 'fool you from doing something' means 'deceive you and stop you from doing something'. Is it a correct assumption and is this usage common? I've not been able to locate any referrence to it in my dictioaries, at least 4 of them.

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    Re: fool you from doing something...

    The second example reads just about ok; the first one seems awkward to me - looks like something from a forum!

    However, your interpretation is correct, and no, it isn't particularly common usage. "fool you from" is not good English -

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