wolf in sheep's clothing


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wolf in sheep's clothing

Fig. a dangerous person pretending to be harmless. Carla thought the handsome stranger was gentle and kind, but Susan suspected he was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Mimi: Why shouldn't I go out with David? He's the nicest man I've ever met. Alan: He's a wolf in sheep's clothing, Mimi. Can't you tell?
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wolf in sheep's clothing

An enemy disguised as a friend, as in Dan was a wolf in sheep's clothing, pretending to help but all the while spying for our competitors . This term comes from the ancient fable about a wolf that dresses up in the skin of a sheep and sneaks up on a flock. This fable has given rise to a rich history of allusions as in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus speaks of false prophets in sheep's clothing, "but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15).
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wolf in sheep's clothing

One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.
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THE ALLEGED WOLF in sheep's clothing label would apply to Bob McBride, the chief of police in the small south-coast town of Bandon.
THE CHANCELLOR Osborne is a wolf in sheep's clothing attacking the most vulnerable elderly, urging them to cash in meagre pension pots and risk being left without enough to see them through retirement.
It's better to have a sheep in wolf's clothing than a wolf in sheep's clothing," he added.
But we all know, of course, for many Eddie would be a wolf in sheep's clothing.
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He was a comic overreacher, what Woody Allen called ``a wolf in sheep's clothing,'' who made millions roar with cowardly, double-dealing ploys to grab money and women.
Everyone has heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing but television scriptwriter Carla Lane says she is "dumbfounded" after discovering that a goat at her animal sanctuary has given birth to a lamb.
Masterfully played by Danny Glover, Harry is the best and the worst of all Gideon and Suzie left behind in the Mississippi Delta, a wolf in sheep's clothing.