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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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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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a blessing in disguise

something that at first appears to be bad or unlucky but is actually good Losing my job was a blessing in disguise - I never would have found this one if it hadn't happened.
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be a blessing in disguise

to be something which has a good effect, although at first it seemed that it would be bad or not lucky Losing my job turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it forced me to think carefully about my future.
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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 flat cap and brown cardigan completed the convincing disguise.
The handicap that Master Of Disguise won at Sandown looked a decent race and the subsequent performances of the placed horses, Noble Storm and Affluent, have confirmed that impression.
Here, they and Ewan Leslie use the Bard's "Twelfth Night" as inspiration, and give us their version of a headstrong, modern teen girl who is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to fulfill her dreams of being the next Mia Hamm.
I disguise myself literally as well as figuratively.
Highlights from the Disguise 2012 Halloween costumes and accessories line-up include:
Always designed with great attention to detail, Disguise, Rubie's and Morphsuits consistently deliver authentic costumes that bring to life the action and adventure of the Power Rangers series for fans around the world.
It can also reveal the degree of involvement with both state and society depending on how much disguise is needed as the individual actors move in and out of society.
You'd never know by looking at their clunky old bones, but Neandertals were masters of disguise.
As a narrative technique, these documentary-style talking heads serve the story well, for what is a show without its audience, a disguise without those fooled by it?
Like Grace, the three women of Disguise were distressed, unsure of what to do with themselves.
Hoot Owl - Master of Disguise by SEAN TAYLOR, and illustrated by JEAN JULLIEN (Walker, PS11.
And because he is a master of disguise, he uses his expertise to camouflage himself so he can feast upon an unsuspecting victim.
It is that kind of love in ANGEL IN DISGUISE that develops the feline-human bond that will capture the hearts of its readers.
Daring to break through her social class and what other people wanted of her, she found her own path using acting and good disguise work to get her job done, defying conventions of the time.
He discusses the disguised ruler on the Elizabethan stage, The Malcontent: a play in two forms; conventionality in disguise in Measure for Measure; law, morality, and the medievalism of disguise in The Phoenix and The Fawn; and disguised ruler afterlives: the specter of terrorism.