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nurture 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 "nurture 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 nurtured 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 nurtured a serpent in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, serpent

nurture 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 nurtured 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 nurtured 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, nurture, viper

nurture 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 nurtured 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 nurtured 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, nurture, snake
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Parents who are able to maintain their composure and complete assigned tasks while still offering emotional support to their children are rated as more nurturing and supportive.
The imaging revealed that children without depression who had been nurtured had a hippocampus almost 10 percent larger that children whose mothers were not as nurturing.
Of course, to actually demonstrate that unambiguous information that indicates men are nurturing leads people to evaluate those men more positively than they evaluate equivalent women, research would need to randomly assign participants to receive or not receive such information.
A pure natural talent in a culturally defined domain, distilled from its nurturing conditions, is an empty abstraction.
Instead, firms must consider the range of issues that need to be addressed in different ways, including basic strategies such as creating a single corporate structure that will carry the firm from one set of leaders to another and nurturing new firm executives who can lead the organization into the future.
Massage can be a concrete way for parents to learn about their baby, gain self-confidence, and become more proficient in their nurturing abilities.
Neighborhoods," currently beginning to develop in some homes, resonate with some of these nurturing characteristics, and a "small is beautiful" principle appears to be emerging.
Indeed, as a rule, the more involved one becomes in the nurturing of the next generation, the less compensation one is likely to receive.
Chapter 6 ("The Feminist Subject: Idealization and Subversive Metaphor in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum") is an extension of McGrath's own earlier argument (in Women's Studies, 1992) that Amelia Lanyer's poem should be classified as "feminist," exploring here the poems surprisingly radical endorsements of political change through its "writing into existence an ideally virtuous community of women" whose primary and nurturing relationships occur in relation to one another and through its rewriting of the patriarchal figure of Christ into "a femininely nurturing, maternally abjected, erotically desirable object of women's gaze" (218).
To develop practical advice for educators and others dealing with moral development in young people and to construct policies for nurturing moral functioning, an invitation conference, "Nurturing Morality," was convened with nationally prominent researchers and practitioners in Racine, Wisconsin, September 4-6, 2002.
When he isn't nurturing writers, Jed volunteers on behalf of Marriage Equality USA and the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
Nurturing trust and respect as a basis of all relationships while nurturing hearts and minds by creating possibilities for families is the motto of our company.
One of these mechanisms of survival has entailed the development of othermothering, a form of "cultural work" (44) and communal "intervention" (51) that engages nurturing as a vital means of addressing specific needs resulting from concrete social, political, and economic inequities.
To demonstrate and teach nurturing and responsible parenting, infant development and safety.
The mentor exhibit behaviors of guiding, coaching, nurturing, teaching, and modeling all for the advancement of the protege.
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