Emperor's New Clothes


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Emperor’s New Clothes

supposedly invisible to unworthy people; in reality, nonexistent. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]

Emperor’s New Clothes

supposed to be invisible to anyone unworthy of his post. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
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The people could see that they were very busy making the Emperor's new clothes ready.
The three stories framed by the matchgirl's own; Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes and the Princess and the Pea were told to varying levels of success.
Jezza, me It seems The Emperor's New Clothes have been stripped from the carefully packaged hype to reveal, well, a Naked Chef.
Incredibly Government, in a vain effort to keep the lights on, are encouraging the building of numerous standby diesel generator plants - what environmentally hypocritical madness from a Government that acknowledges diesel engines contribute more to atmospheric pollution than petrol engines - a touch of the Emperor's New Clothes methinks.
THEATRE The Emperor's New Clothes When the Emperor demands the coolest clothes the call is answered by a pair of Weavers, who concoct a cunning plan and land everyone in an embarrassing situation.
An adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes, this children's book is specifically designed as a launch pad for discussions and learning.
The prosecution against Andrew Pickering and William Moloney was also likened to the fairytale of the Emperor's New Clothes.
SIR - In April 2015 the Welsh Government, it seems, had so much time on its hands that it produced the Emperor's New Clothes Act, also known as the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
95)" by Sindy McKay, illustrated by Wendy Smith, and "The Emperor's New Clothes (9781601152695, $9.
London, Dec 22 ( ANI ): England cricketer Ian Bell has said that his team's faults had been evident in the first Ashes series against Australia but just like the Emperor's new clothes, no one wanted to know about the side's weaknesses until it was too late.
It's like Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes, which was immortalised in the brilliant Danny Kaye film.
The analogy of the emperor's new clothes seems, in the circumstances, to be quite apt.