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poacher turned gamekeeper

A person whose job or role has completely changed, from one extreme to another. Primarily heard in UK. The notorious computer hacker who once stole money from unsuspecting Internet users now helps the government catch other hackers—it's a strange case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
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an old poacher makes the best gamekeeper

People who have a lot of experience in a criminal activity are the ones best suited to trying to protect against that activity later in life. A: "I heard that computer company is planning on hiring renowned hackers to run their security infrastructure." B: "Well, old poachers make the best gamekeepers." A: "The new sheriff used to be a notorious thief?" B: "Hey, you know what they say—an old poacher makes the best gamekeeper."
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old poacher makes the best gamekeeper

Prov. The best person to guard something is someone who knows all about how to steal it, so he or she can anticipate what thieves might do. We should hire the computer hacker to design computer security systems. An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper.
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poacher turned gamekeeper

If you describe someone as poacher turned gamekeeper, you mean that they have changed their job or opinion and now have authority over the same sort of people that they were themselves before. She returns as poacher turned gamekeeper. Previously a union leader, she now works for the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals. Gary Mason, boxing's poacher turned gamekeeper, will make his managerial debut tomorrow. Note: You can also say that someone is gamekeeper turned poacher, when someone who was in authority changes to a situation where they need to be controlled by others. He used to manage properties for other landlords. Now the gamekeeper turned poacher has to find occupiers for his own building. Note: A poacher is someone who illegally hunts animals such as deer, pheasant or salmon. A gamekeeper is someone employed by a landowner to look after these animals, which are known as game.
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poacher turned gamekeeper

someone who now protects the interests which they previously attacked.
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poacher turned ˈgamekeeper

(British English) a person who has changed from one situation or attitude to the opposite one, especially somebody who used to oppose people in authority but is now in a position of authority: He used to represent an oil company but now works for an environmental organization; a real case of the poacher turned gamekeeper.
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If the perpetrators are caught and brought before justice, fewer poachers will risk resorting to criminal acts of intimidation.
If they had any information, they should have contacted us,' he said, adding when the matter was brought into his notice the poachers had fled the area.
The Report A Poacher program helps ensure Albertas wide variety of wildlife species and diverse landscapes are protected for future generations.
The poachers are not necessarily very specialised but they have very heavy duty weapons - Kalashnikovs, machetes, grenade launchers," he said.
Poachers will stop at nothing to snare elephants, often using children of pygmies - a threatened indigenous people on the edge of the Gabon forests - as mules.
Sri Lankan Navy apprehended an Indian trawler including 6 poachers for IUU fishing in SL territorial waters 15 Nm off Talaimannar light, evening of 24th June.
Wild rhinos have been in the sights of poachers for many years.
This makes them an especially attractive potential target for poachers, who attack elephants for their lucrative ivory," (http://news.
Some say poachers who do not return to snared animals simply forgot where they set the snare.
As such, this was the first time poachers were being sentenced in Yambio county.
Pratik Patel, a colleague from the Friedkin Conservation Fund, told the BBC Mr Gower was shot on Friday afternoon during a patrol as he approached the last carcass of three elephants that had been killed by poachers.
A HELICOPTER pilot was fatally wounded at the controls when the elephant poachers he was tracking opened fire on him.
disturbing proportions," a wildlife official told dpa on Monday after poachers killed 20 endangered forest elephants in Cameroon in the past week.
POLICE are warning illegal deer poachers they won't get an easy ride if they come North Wales to hunt.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Britain's Prince Harry has been on a private visit to South Africa's flagship wildlife park, where poachers have killed rhinos in record numbers and clashed with rangers.