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devil in disguise

Something or someone that appears to be good, useful, or benevolent, but that in reality proves to be the opposite. When I first met my ex-husband, I thought he was the nicest, most generous man alive, but he turned out to be the devil in disguise. The new cancer-treating drug held great promise, but it proved a devil in disguise when the true scale of its side effects became known.
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a blessing in disguise

An unfortunate event or situation that results in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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be a blessing in disguise

To result in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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disguise (someone or oneself) in (something)

To make one unrecognizable through the use of clothing and other such props. The robbers disguised themselves in masks so that no one would recognize them when they committed the crime.
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disguise (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To cause someone or something to look or seem like someone or something else. Unless you plan to disguise yourself as a potted plant, there's no way you'll be able to sit in on that meeting. I think that statement was just anger disguised as sarcasm.
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blessing in disguise

Fig. something that at first seems bad, but later turns out to be beneficial. Tony's motorcycle accident was a blessing in disguise, because he got enough insurance money from the other driver to make a down payment on a house. Dad's illness was a blessing in disguise; it brought the family together for the first time in years.
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disguise someone in something

to conceal someone's identity in a costume or makeup. We disguised her in men's clothing and got her across the border. She disguised herself in a clown suit.
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disguise someone or something as someone or something

to dress or make someone up to appear to be someone or something. We disguised the child as a witch. We disguised Gerald as a pumpkin.
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in disguise

hidden behind a disguise; looking like something else. Santa Claus was really the little child's father in disguise. What I thought was terrible turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
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blessing in disguise

A misfortune that unexpectedly turns into good fortune, as in Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for if I hadn't, I wouldn't have met my future wife . [Mid-1700s]
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a blessing in disguise

COMMON If an event is a blessing in disguise, it causes problems at first, but later brings greater advantages. Franklin's illness proved a blessing in disguise, for it gave him strength and courage which he had not had before. The defeat might be a blessing in disguise — she now avoids a quarter final clash with America's Linda Harvey-Wild. Other observers feel the split may be a blessing in disguise for the organization.
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a blessing in disguise

an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results.
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a blessing in disˈguise

a thing that seems bad, unpleasant, etc. at first but that has advantages in the end: Not getting that job was a blessing in disguise, as the firm went out of business only a few months later.
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He pleaded not guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon - a stun gun - on the same day, possessing a disguised firearm three cartridges, and possessing a prohibited weapon the pepper spray.
The Government will ensure that if you have used or continue to use disguised remuneration schemes you will have to pay tax and NICs on your remuneration.
To resolve disguised unemployment, some policy and decision makers implement wrong solutions, for instance if 'disguised staff' complain about their workload or the nature of the situation, they will be assigned unproductive tasks - just to keep them busy.
Consequently, the distribution of cash to WISCO did not fit within the debt-financed-transfer exception to the disguised sale rules.
The plot, which US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said was "suggestive of al-Qaida," apparently involved disguising liquid-based explosives as innocuous objects in carry-on baggage and electronic trigger devices disguised as electronic car keys.
Then on the bend De Commissioner clipped Bardon from behind and within a few twinkles Disguised had shot between them to take it up.
The hill's far side--across the US border--may promise freedom and wealth, but these are "delayed | embraced | eluded | edited | aborted | adapted | disguised | resisted | imposed," in the words by which the artist characterizes modernity in Mexico.
It has previously disguised itself in files offering celebrity photos, reports the BBC.
The ultimate origins of the woman disguised as a man in Western literature are to be found in the classical inheritance, as well as in medieval romances, legends, tales, traditional ballads, and the Italian Renaissance.
Here Dempsey carefully identifies the characters' clothing as pageant costumes, sees the nymph Flora as a disguised portrait of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, and expands upon Warburg's hypothesis that the painting reflects Poliziano's Stanze per la Giostra.
In May 1999, Layton wrote an e-mail about the bank's use of prepaid commodity transactions: "We are making disguised loans, usually buried in commodities or equities derivatives (and I'm sure in other areas) .
Guns are also being carried disguised as lipsticks, screwdrivers, cigarette packets and lighters.
17, 1862, more than 23,000 men were killed or wounded--and so were at least two women, who had disguised their sex and became part of the most ferocious fighting of the Civil War.
The Swiss police arrested a known arms dealer who had five firearms disguised as flashlights in his possession.
The caller can review the message as it sounds when disguised, or just hang up.