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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 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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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.