I used lingoes software to search for the definition of snub, and there is a sentence in Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's English Dictionary that reads

He snubbed her in public and made her feel an idiot...

I was wondering why is it not "made her feel like an idiot"?

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    It is delightfully ambiguous isn't it? I feel an idiot could mean I am touching a foolish person, but in real life it never does, it expresses how someone feels. I feel/He feels cold/hot/beautiful/ugly/smart/dumb. But with a noun it's I feel / He feels an idiot / a fool / a god etc.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 7, 2014 at 10:34
  • Though one might expect an adverb, the use of a noun is fine. Feel foolish is not very different from feel a fool. Well taken.
    – Kris
    Oct 7, 2014 at 12:36

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I read it as a difference between UK and US english. In the US you'd say "like an idiot", but I've heard UK speakers say it the other way.

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