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devil in disguise

Something or someone that appears to be good, useful, or benevolent, but that in reality proves to be the opposite. When I first met my ex-husband, I thought he was the nicest, most generous man alive, but he turned out to be the devil in disguise. The new cancer-treating drug held great promise, but it proved a devil in disguise when the true scale of its side effects became known.
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a blessing in disguise

An unfortunate event or situation that results in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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be a blessing in disguise

To result in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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disguise (someone or oneself) in (something)

To make one unrecognizable through the use of clothing and other such props. The robbers disguised themselves in masks so that no one would recognize them when they committed the crime.
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disguise (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To cause someone or something to look or seem like someone or something else. Unless you plan to disguise yourself as a potted plant, there's no way you'll be able to sit in on that meeting. I think that statement was just anger disguised as sarcasm.
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blessing in disguise

Fig. something that at first seems bad, but later turns out to be beneficial. Tony's motorcycle accident was a blessing in disguise, because he got enough insurance money from the other driver to make a down payment on a house. Dad's illness was a blessing in disguise; it brought the family together for the first time in years.
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disguise someone in something

to conceal someone's identity in a costume or makeup. We disguised her in men's clothing and got her across the border. She disguised herself in a clown suit.
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disguise someone or something as someone or something

to dress or make someone up to appear to be someone or something. We disguised the child as a witch. We disguised Gerald as a pumpkin.
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in disguise

hidden behind a disguise; looking like something else. Santa Claus was really the little child's father in disguise. What I thought was terrible turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
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blessing in disguise

A misfortune that unexpectedly turns into good fortune, as in Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for if I hadn't, I wouldn't have met my future wife . [Mid-1700s]
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a blessing in disguise

COMMON If an event is a blessing in disguise, it causes problems at first, but later brings greater advantages. Franklin's illness proved a blessing in disguise, for it gave him strength and courage which he had not had before. The defeat might be a blessing in disguise — she now avoids a quarter final clash with America's Linda Harvey-Wild. Other observers feel the split may be a blessing in disguise for the organization.
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a blessing in disguise

an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results.
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a blessing in disˈguise

a thing that seems bad, unpleasant, etc. at first but that has advantages in the end: Not getting that job was a blessing in disguise, as the firm went out of business only a few months later.
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Hyland distinguishes carefully between disguise and the other elements that have often been equated with it such as role-playing, deception, and doubling.
While the paintwork makes them stand out it also blurs and disguises essential details of the body.
The students explained how their animal changed colors to adapt, disguise or signal other animals.
The latter are grouped into four distinct sections, comprising either three or four essays each, with each section hinging on different facets of disguise that are reflected in the titles: 'Disguise and Power', 'Disguise and Identity', 'Disguise and Madness' and 'Disguise and Gender'.
If you can't disguise the herbs, you can give them manually.
So what do you want: An artist who sees painting as a kind of Leyden jar wherein levels of reality and conflicting leitmotifs--nostalgia, disguise, and paralysis, for example--collide like hot electrons and who intends the ensuing energy as evocative of the fraught (re)construction of personal and collective identity?
We did not know their disguises, and so we wrongly assume they were never well hidden.
IT security company, Sophos, has revealed that its SophosLabs virus and spam analysis centres have published a report that details the most common words spammers include in their messages but try to disguise to prevent them being detected by anti-spam software.
Amos Turnbuckle spots what he feels will be the perfect disguise to use after his next robbery.
Vent holes can also be designed into the perimeter of parts to disguise their presence.
Kylie Minogue has told how she loves snowboarding - because it's the only disguise she can get away with.
The Aussie singer said it was the only disguise she could pull off because most people recognise her whatever she wears.
In the fourth and fifth chapters, adults in disguise are the main concern, and, except for some passing remarks about Cupid, the putto fades from view.
The normal glass lens of each flashlight had been replaced with an opaque cover to disguise the barrel, and a plunger was added to the rear.
So we both decided to go in disguise, so as not to attract attention from the band, donning jeans and sunglasses.