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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
See also: clothing, wolf

wolf in sheep's clothing

One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.
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Construction, manufacturing (including automotive), and petrochemical are the top industries that demand various protective clothing types.
The treated clothing will repel ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums), in addition to mosquitoes.
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.
The communication must start at the early stages of planning the rebuild and should include the mill, machine clothing supplier, and machine builder.
China will impact most the business of clothing assembly, he says, which is the 30% of Honduras textile production that is not integrated and depends on fabric from other countries.
The African garb, pictured in old issues of National Geographic, is quickly vanishing, steadily crowded out of local markets by the old clothing we discard.
Pediatric patients had a greater Aspergillus isolate recovery, probably because "family and staff hold children in close contact, and spores pass from clothing to patients," postulates Streifel.
Anguiano has worked in both clothing and graphics in just about every aspect of the business.
Dramaturgy in the sense of a performance with actors, a stage and an audience may be useful as an approach to clarify the complexity of clothing and public performance on stage.
Donations pour in from all over Springfield where local schools and churches collect items from clothing drives billed as "baby showers for baby Jesus" as well as from public and private grants.
I didn't understand why until later: the "clothes" on the wall had thoroughly absorbed the clothing noise they initially evoked, quieting the street fashion and SoHo windows, the "this looks like this" or "that looks like that" viewers were tempted to claim - even the Japanese shirt off my own back.
Everyone want to wear clothing that makes them look and feel good.
com/research/9npmrg/trade_and_trade) has announced the addition of Textiles Intelligence's new report "Trade and Trade Policy: The EU Clothing Import Market and it's Ten Largest Supplying Countries" to their offering.
Neufeld begins "The Invention of Clothing" with a NYC cocktail party at which clothing greats from across the centuries come together for an evening.