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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. We disguised ourselves in masks so that no one recognize us when we 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 Well Disguised is Burlingame's story of seeking meaning in suffering.
Another problem caused by disguised unemployment is that it usually kills competency and talent.
At Newcastle crown court, Phillips admitted possessing a disguised weapon.
The IRS determined that the gain should have been reported in 1999, when WISCO contributed its assets to the LLC, and that the transaction was a disguised sale.
Disguised in black ski masks and gloves, they utter few words during the robberies, leaving few clues about their voices or other distinguishing features.
A third-party investor will normally insist on a bona-fide debt instrument, market interest rate and regular payments, thereby nullifying most of the points indicating disguised equity arrangements.
The stringent measures were taken after British police arrested 24 people suspected of trying to smuggle bombs disguised as drinks aboard aircraft.
Highly talented players can take seemingly routine approach shots on the run and turn them into disguised drop shots.
Ellen Craft disguised herself as a white man to escape from slavery.
REGGIE ROBERTS enjoyed another great pay-day at his local Newbridge track on Friday night when Disguised justified 7-4 favouritism when winning the E20,000 Cox Cup.
Also methodically parodic and skillfully disguised, Larsen's revolt, unlike Johnson's or Schuyler's, however, is expressed through her protagonists' search for a sense of the self and through Larsen's embodiment of an alternative identity for African American women, an identity of "double double consciousness.
The hill's far side--across the US border--may promise freedom and wealth, but these are "delayed | embraced | eluded | edited | aborted | adapted | disguised | resisted | imposed," in the words by which the artist characterizes modernity in Mexico.
It has previously disguised itself in files offering celebrity photos, reports the BBC.
Here Dempsey carefully identifies the characters' clothing as pageant costumes, sees the nymph Flora as a disguised portrait of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, and expands upon Warburg's hypothesis that the painting reflects Poliziano's Stanze per la Giostra.
In May 1999, Layton wrote an e-mail about the bank's use of prepaid commodity transactions: "We are making disguised loans, usually buried in commodities or equities derivatives (and I'm sure in other areas) .