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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