a false friend is worse than an open enemy

a false friend is worse than an open enemy

proverb Trusting someone who is, in fact, duplicitous or disingenuous is worse than knowing outright of someone's enmity. A: "I don't know why, but Tiffany clearly hates me." B: "Cheer up, man—a false friend is worse than an open enemy." I can't believe I trusted that guy. Dang, a false friend sure is worse than an open enemy. I know all too well that a false friend is worse than an open enemy because my so-called "friends" wanted nothing to do with me when I was dealing with my legal troubles.
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