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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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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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The Sefton Safer & Stronger Communities Partnership scheme will see police using a special chemical testing kit to check if young people are disguising alcohol in soft drinks cans and bottles.
These people are counterfeit apostles, dishonest workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
The company said that SophosLabs found that up to 80% of all spammers use disguising or obfuscation tricks to try and hide words that would give their messages away to anti-spam software.
As interpreted by Gallego, the action itself also constitutes a disguising strategy that conceals Fauset's critique of racist ideology.
He suggests disguising unattractive walls or fences with vines, lighted wall fountains or raised planters.
The greatest illusion is disguising this train wreck as a movie.
CRIMINALS are disguising guns as mobile phones, pens and torches.
Strictly speaking, of course, Mulan's switcheroo isn't new; women characters have been disguising themselves as men in the movies for years.
and Epoth LLC, we are holding spammers directly accountable for unlawfully disguising their identity and using this practice to deceive e-mail users," said Mike Callahan, senior vice president and general counsel, Yahoo
P worm is disguising itself as a Harry Potter game.
Masks, rituals, and the disguising of the self become ever more clearly Jonas's central theme.