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poacher turned gamekeeper
A person whose job or role has completely changed, from one extreme to another. Primarily heard in UK. The notorious computer hacker who once stole money from unsuspecting Internet users now helps the government catch other hackers—it's a strange case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
poacher turned gamekeeper BRITISH
If you describe someone as poacher turned gamekeeper, you mean that they have changed their job or opinion and now have authority over the same sort of people that they were themselves before. She returns as poacher turned gamekeeper. Previously a union leader, she now works for the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals. Gary Mason, boxing's poacher turned gamekeeper, will make his managerial debut tomorrow. Note: You can also say that someone is gamekeeper turned poacher, when someone who was in authority changes to a situation where they need to be controlled by others. He used to manage properties for other landlords. Now the gamekeeper turned poacher has to find occupiers for his own building. Note: A poacher is someone who illegally hunts animals such as deer, pheasant or salmon. A gamekeeper is someone employed by a landowner to look after these animals, which are known as game.
poacher turned gamekeeper someone who now protects the interests which they previously attacked.
poacher turned ˈgamekeeper (British English) a person who has changed from one situation or attitude to the opposite one, especially somebody who used to oppose people in authority but is now in a position of authority: He used to represent an oil company but now works for an environmental organization; a real case of the poacher turned gamekeeper.
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He said: "That was very enjoyable at the time but perhaps I am a poacher turned gamekeeper
now that I'm back in the city centre.
The LAPD, obviously having better things to do, pass the buck to Roth's insurance company who in turn hand the investigation to the rugged Sam Levitt - effectively a poacher turned gamekeeper
At the time, Hammam, who knew about Mr MacNamara's conviction, famously described him as 'a poacher turned gamekeeper
' and said he had no worries about him.
'Mac is like a poacher turned gamekeeper
,' he said.
"Sometimes in the security business you need to employ someone who is a poacher turned gamekeeper