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Difference between Dumb as a fox and Dumb as a stump

dumb as a foxsmart and cunning:

  • He may appear to be harmless, but the truth is, he is as dumb as a fox, and he and his gang are destroying this country.

dumb as a stump—(derog.) not very smart:

  • I think Philip is as dumb as a stump. He should open his eyes and see that his sweet little Belle is just using him.