false friends are worse than open enemies

false friends are worse than open enemies

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—false friends are worse than open enemies." I can't believe I trusted that guy. Dang, false friends are worse than open enemies.
See also: enemy, false, friend, open, worse
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