a wolf in sheep's clothing

a wolf in sheep's clothing

A person or thing that appears harmless but is actually dangerous or bad. Don't trust Dana—she's a wolf in sheep's clothing who will try to steal your position if given the chance. The politician portrayed himself as moderate, but turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing with a radical agenda.
See also: clothing, wolf

wolf in sheep's clothing

Fig. a dangerous person pretending to be harmless. Carla thought the handsome stranger was gentle and kind, but Susan suspected he was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Mimi: Why shouldn't I go out with David? He's the nicest man I've ever met. Alan: He's a wolf in sheep's clothing, Mimi. Can't you tell?
See also: clothing, wolf

wolf in sheep's clothing

An enemy disguised as a friend, as in Dan was a wolf in sheep's clothing, pretending to help but all the while spying for our competitors . This term comes from the ancient fable about a wolf that dresses up in the skin of a sheep and sneaks up on a flock. This fable has given rise to a rich history of allusions as in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus speaks of false prophets in sheep's clothing, "but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15).
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a wolf in sheep's clothing

A wolf in sheep's clothing is someone or something that appears harmless or ordinary but is in fact very dangerous or powerful. The judge said Granger appeared to be a nice young gentleman, but was in fact a wolf in sheep's clothing — a ruthless individual with absolutely no morals. This car has to be the ultimate wolf in sheep's clothing. It looks like an ever-so sensible estate — until you hit the accelerator. Note: Less often, people describe someone as a sheep in wolf's clothing, meaning that a person seems dangerous or powerful, but in fact is harmless or ordinary. She was tall, with a loud voice and could seem a little intimidating but was in fact a sheep in wolf's clothing, loved by all who knew her. Note: In one of Aesop's fables, a wolf wraps itself in a fleece and manages to get into a sheepfold without being noticed. It then attacks the sheep and eats them. This image is also used in the Bible: `Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.' (Matthew 7:15)
See also: clothing, wolf

a wolf in sheep's clothing

a person or thing that appears friendly or harmless but is really hostile and dangerous.
This expression comes from Jesus's words in Matthew 7:15: ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves’.
See also: clothing, wolf

a wolf in sheep’s ˈclothing

a person who appears friendly and nice but is really dangerous
See also: clothing, wolf

wolf in sheep's clothing

One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.
See also: clothing, wolf
References in classic literature ?
The primitive instinct of self-preservation acknowledges many arts and wiles; but argument is not one of them, nor did he now waste precious time in an attempt to convince the raiders that he was not a wolf in sheep's clothing.
He yesterday told the court: "I'm not a wolf in sheep's clothing.
But when it comes to Iran's nuclear weapons program, the only difference between them is this: Ahmadi-Nejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing, Rowhani is a wolf in sheep's clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community", Netanyahu added.
But when it comes to Iran's nuclear weapons program, the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing, Rouhani is a wolf in sheep's clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community," Netanyahu added.
However, Netanyahu said that Rohani's strategy, though, is to 'be a wolf in sheep's clothing, smile and build a bomb'.
However the record soon begins twisting and turning until your emotions are undecided whether it is a wolf in sheep's clothing, or a sheep in wolf's clothing.
Dangerous Stealth Measure is a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Dana Hammer, General Motors' manager, Law Enforcement Vehicles, said, 'We increased the 2012 Impala's power significantly, so it was a wolf in sheep's clothing and surprised quite a few agencies.
Like a wolf in sheep's clothing the BNP and its leader Nick Griffin is pretending that it has cleaned up its act and is now something it isn't.
Is there someone around you who is a wolf in sheep's clothing and is not to be trusted?
The only problem is that an interloper, a wolf in sheep's clothing, has other ideas that are not nearly as amusing.
It's a wolf in sheep's clothing," said transsexual author and activist Jamison Green.
But the version standing haughtily at the kerbside was the Bora Sport TDI 130bhp, which is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
I am a wolf in sheep's clothing and if somebody is disrespecting what I am saying to them then there's going to be fireworks, I can tell you.