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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.
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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?
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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)
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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
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wolf in sheep's clothing

One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.
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UK consumers buy around one million tonnes of clothing every year and get rid of roughly the same amount.
Fifty per cent of those clothes are re-used but around a staggering 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill, despite all textiles and clothing being suitable for recycling and charity donation.
One also wonders about the frequency of use of some of the more elaborate clothing that Frick discusses, and whether, especially for women, the rather simple clothing worn within the house was the norm.
Regardless, the machine clothing supplier and the mill should work together to collect baseline data to be used as the benchmark.
Since clothing doesn't fossilize, there's little direct data bearing on its invention.
These centers will report incidents that involved the ignition, melting or smoldering of clothing worn by children.
It's important to choose the appropriate clothing for the appropriate use," stresses Boorstein.
Duran, who became chairwoman of the Clothing Connection in November 2001, has expanded the program with help from other members of the Phoenix Association, many of them community liaisons who assist local families and students with their problems.
Ironically, similar clothing might be seen if we snap a photo of a group of men in a Kenya village, or in other parts of Africa.
Recently, researchers published the first research showing that clothing also spreads Aspergillus spores.
We saw a void in the clothing market for menswear," explains the easygoing Mark Phillips, who, together with his lover, Martin Anguiano, formed the Los Angeles-based Prototype--and its edgy approach to style--four years ago.
Most of these works have focused on the Egypt that is wrapped in Western clothing, or Westernized Egypt.
The coat Aiello handed out that day was only one of the nearly 200 articles of clothing she gives out every year and one of the thousands of services the Care Center has provided to area women in its nearly 19 years of operation.
Clothing, even clothing with quotes around it, is risky to employ as an art ingredient because it is among the "noisiest" of object categories: immediately and universally recognizable yet culturally and personally specific, reverberant with centuries of connotation and cliche.