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show the cloven hoof

To reveal one's evil or malicious nature. The devil is typically depicted with cloven hooves. I thought I could trust Eric until he showed the cloven hoof by spreading rumors about me. Jill definitely sabotaged my last two relationships. She might seem nice, but she always shows the cloven hoof eventually.
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cloven hoof

An evil or malicious nature. The devil is typically depicted with cloven hooves. I thought I could trust Eric until he showed the cloven hoof by spreading rumors about me. Jill definitely sabotaged my last two relationships. She might seem nice, but she always shows a cloven hoof eventually.
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a cloven hoof

a symbol or indication of evil.
Traditional pictures of the Devil show him with the head and torso of a man but the legs and cloven hoofs of a goat. Therefore, a cloven hoof is a giveaway sign of the Devil.
1959 François Mauriac A Woman of Pharisees She had been a trial to him from the beginning, and now the cloven hoof was beginning to show.
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The cloven Viscount is a fantasy novella by Calvino.
As though the holy spirite of truth mente by his appearing in cloven tounges, to debarre any nation, or any tounge, from uttering forth the magnificent majestie of God's miraculous workes.
During the checks, it will be made sure that travellers do not bring with them any food items originating from cloven hooved animals.
This dawdling has gone on too long," Satan said impatiently, stamping his cloven foot.
If you are thinking of getting your cloven hooves stuck into the late-Bill Gottlieb's properties, "Fuggetaboutit".
Developing Cohn's argument further, I gave as one example the way that Murray accounts for the Devil's cloven hoof by supposing that the coven leader, as his human representative, wore "a specially formed boot or shoe" as a token of his identity (Murray 1921: 31-2), and commented that this rationalization was "unintentionally funny" (Simpson 1994: 90-1).
And since he didn't sprout horns or cloven hooves, and his nose refused to Pinocchio as advertised by the Judiciary Committee Republicans in the infamous Grand Jury tape, there's a distinct possibility of the entire GOP committing mass suicide by continuing to pick on poor ol' Bubba.
Before him who had been cloven to the bone, He praises the work of His hands: the heavens, the seas, the earth and the beasts thereon.
Calvino turned decisively to fantasy and allegory in the 1950s, producing the three fantastic tales--Il visconte dimezzato (1952; "The Cloven Viscount,"), Il barone rampante (1957; The Baron in the Trees), and Il cavaliere inesistente (1959; "The Nonexistent Knight")--that brought him international acclaim.
Newell also published The Palace Beautiful and Other Poems (1865) and Versatilities (1871), poems; The Cloven Foot (1870), an attempted completion of Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Basically a realistic work, it also revealed his inclination toward fantasy, more fully realized in a trilogy inspired by Orlando Furioso: I nostri antenati ( Our Forefathers, 1960; translated as in 2 vols, Baron in the Trees, 1959, and The NonExistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount, 1962).
The micropigs, having cloven hooves, must be kept in a facility with special livestock flooring or with a smooth floor deeply covered with pine shavings.
1855: The ''Devil's Footprints'' appeared in snowbound South Devon - 100 miles of cloven hoofprints, eight inches apart in a single line and measuring four inches by two.
FEAST DAY OF ST TEILO 1855: The "Devil's Footprints" appeared in snowbound South Devon - several long tracks of cloven hoofprints, claimed to add up to 100 miles.