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a serpent in (one's) bosom

Someone whom one has befriended, taken care of, or treated well but proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. (A less common variant of "a viper in one's bosom." Used especially in the phrase "nourish/nurse/nurture a serpent in one's bosom.") Well, it turns out that Margaret was quite a serpent in my bosom. I put my neck on the line to get her a job in our company, and then she turns around and tries to get me fired! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nursed 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, serpent

nurse 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 "nurse 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 nursed 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 nursed 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, nurse, serpent

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

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

serpent's tongue

1. A tendency to speak maliciously. A: "He has such a serpent's tongue that I hate to be around him." B: "Of course you do—who wants to be verbally attacked all the time?"
2. A nickname for a fossilized shark's tooth. I think they call a shark's tooth a serpent's tongue because of how the root is forked.
See also: tongue

civil serpent

n. a civil servant. You have no idea the kinds of things “civil serpents” have to put up with.
See also: civil, serpent
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No versos destacados acima, apresentam-se o ressoar das ondas e o sibilar das serpentes, sugeridos a percepcao auditiva pela insistencia em determinados fonemas consonanticos e vocalicos como, principalmente, pode-se notar, /f/, /s/, /l/, /r/ e /i/, que, por suas qualidades articulatorias intrinsecas, sao capazes de criar--contextualmente, nunca e demais frisar--, o efeito onomatopaico de um sopro agudo, continuo e vibrante que perpassa todo o periodo.
O motivo pelo qual houve a necessidade de ventilacao assistida, durante e por ate tres horas apos o termino da cirurgia, foi que a serpente apresentou apneia desde os primeiros minutos apos a intubacao e permaneceu neste estado ate o tempo descrito.
Todas as serpentes utilizadas foram monitoradas quanto aos dados biometricos mensalmente, bem como os dados referentes a alimentacao, ecdise, fezes e observacoes comportamentais.
De acordo com Ronecker (1997) a serpente e, sem duvida, o animal que provocou mais interpretacoes miticas e simbolicas.
Aspectos da pos-vida da Antiguidade: Ninfa, ritual da serpente e Atlas Mnemosyne
Para serpentes, por exemplo, as especies podem ser arranjadas em seis classes, com base no substrato onde os individuos de cada especie habitualmente se alimentam (Vanzolini, 1982; Carvalho et al.
Soltas as fartas cabeleiras, (12) da-se inicio a toilette; bem feminina na sua concepcao, ela e tambem um gesto ritual que se renova: no ajustar das peles com cintos de serpentes, como no coroar das frontes com a folhagem que ao deus agrada, da hera, do carvalho ou do esmilax.
Growth and maturity of the Japanese rat snake, Elaphe climacophora (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae).
Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes, Colubridae, Urotheca decipiens: distribution extension.
Diferentemente de outros animais, nos quais as infeccoes por Cryptosporidium sao autolimitantes em individuos imunocompetentes, a criptosporidiose em repteis e frequentemente cronica e pode ser letal para serpentes (O'DONOGHUE, 1995).
Ja tinham sido mais--esclareceu o deus; sobrevivera a setenta e cinco serpentes, filhos e irmaos, sem contar uma filhinha obtida por oracao.
Inquérito anátomo-patológico em serpentes dos gêneros Crotalus e Bothrops (Serpentes, Viperidae, Crotalinae).