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Hello, everyone,

1. feel (like) a fool: I felt such a fool when he used me as an example!
2. look (like) a fool: I’m not wearing that; I don’t want to look like a fool.
https://www.macmillandictionar...onary/british/fool_1

3. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 05 Episode 05
Sheldon (speaks to Leonard): I see what you’re doing. You accept an invitation to a party at the home of my sworn enemy, he tells everyone we’re going to be there, and when we don’t show, he looks the fool. Fiendishly clever.

Since I understand the verb - ‘look’ or ‘feel’ isn’t allowed to take a noun directly in such a context, I think the preposition ‘like’ is necessary. Shouldn't it read, “He looks like a fool?”

Is such allowance is acceptable currently in informal expression only as a new trend or exceptionally so with the noun - ‘a fool’ only?

Would hope to hear,

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