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Re: Flanelled fools...

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 03, 2011 at 19:28

In Reply to: Flanelled fools... posted by upkar yadav on June 03, 2011 at 14:27:

: As a frequent user of phrases.org.uk I'm not able to find the meaning of phrase "Flanelled fools and muddied oafs". Please help me out.
: Thanks

It's a quotation from a Kipling poem, "The Islanders": http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/islanders.html

"Flannelled fools" are cricketers (who wear white flannel), and "muddied oafs at the goal" are football (i.e. soccer) players.