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nourish a serpent in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. (A less common variant of "nourish a viper in one's bosom.") I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nourished a serpent in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nourished a serpent in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out, having run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nourish, serpent

nourish a viper in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nourished a viper in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nourished a viper in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nourish, viper

nourish a snake in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nourished a snake in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nourished a snake in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nourish, snake

Desires are nourished by delays.

Prov. The longer you have to wait for something you want, the more eager you will be to get it. The longer I had to postpone my trip to San Francisco, the more eagerly I wanted to go. Desires are nourished by delays.
See also: delay, Desire, nourish

viper in one's bosom

Also, snake in one's bosom. An ungrateful or treacherous friend, as in I got him dozens of freelance jobs, and then he told everyone I was a lousy musician-nothing like nourishing a viper in one's bosom . This metaphoric expression, often put as nourish a viper (or snake) in one's bosom, comes from Aesop's fable about a farmer who shelters a snake dying from the cold, which then fatally bites him after it recovers. It was referred to by Chaucer and Shakespeare, and appeared in numerous proverb collections.
See also: bosom, viper
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Seeking to elevate the standard of skin care from moisturizing to deep nourishment, Dove has entered the hand and body lotion category with Dove Body Nourishers.
NAIL NOURISHERS Oysters: Along with other shellfish, oysters can help in the development of a smooth, even nail plate free from ridges and bumps.
The furies, nourishers of crimes, demand to have Incense and altars, and insist that prayers be raised To tyrants of the night.
They may have rotten cores and be no good for construction materials for the Japanese market, he said, but they have many roles to play in the forest ecosystem: as habitat for birds and insects, and eventually as nourishers of the soil.
A combination of water, antioxidants and skin nourishers (including peptides and hyaluronic acid) are vortex infused into the skin while a vacuum removes toxins, dead skin and impurities.
But a few sentences later Doelman remarks, "James recognized the role of women in propagating Roman Catholicism, lashing out at them as 'the nourishers of papistry in this kingdom'" (121).
Spa Splendide Scollaratura from Borghese directly infuses the skin with intensive moisturisers, nourishers and correctors including grape seed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and vitamin E.
There may be, as Blamires says, `little to be gained from ignoring the idea that women were to be honoured as nourishers, healers and nest-providers' (p.
Specialties: Anti-aging, anti-stress, anti-wrinkle, anti-itch, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidants, DNA protection, UV protection, keratin synthesis, lip plumping, moisturizers, skin nourishers, sebum control, skin energizers, skin lighteners/brighteners, skin protectors, skin repair, skin smootheners, skin soothers, skin tensors, slimming
Specialties: Anti-aging, anti-stress, anti-wrinkle, antioxidants, DNA protection, lip plumping, moisturizers, skin nourishers, sebum control, skin energizers, skin lighteners/brighteners, skin protectors, skin repair, skin soothers, skin tensors, slimming
skincare category is expected to swell by $264 million from 2009-2014, largely driven by nourishers and anti-agers, such as those offered by MCMichelle," commented Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO of Axxess.
95 for two, Silhouette If you're after treating specific signs of wear and tear, then close that door and pop a couple of these nourishers under your eyes for 10 minutes.
In contrast, Germans are more inclined to use caring products such as moisturizers or nourishers.
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