cloven hoof


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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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Perhaps Frew's point is the hair-splitting one that the texts say cloven foot and I said cloven hoof.
As a precautionary measure and because of the high state of alert in place it was decided to immediately check all our cloven hoof stock for signs of disease.
Alpacas are easy on the ground they graze on due to the soft pads on their cloven hoofs and the lack of upper teeth.
Summary: A man with cloven hoofs in place of feet and a clay pot on his head sips liquor from a martini glass while riding on the back of a giant fish with legs.
yet you are only pig in the pen to sling mud bile and sh**e every inch your evil cloven hoofs trample", People Magazine reported.
Pigs have cloven hoofs, a sign an animal is kosher to eat.