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present as (someone or something)
1. To act or seem to be identifiable as a particular sex, gender, or sexual orientation. You're less likely to get harassed if you present as a heteronormative man. When I presented as female, people definitely didn't see me as an authority figure.
2. To depict, portray, or describe someone, something, or oneself as a particular kind or type of person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "present" and "as." The film presents the dictator as a benevolent but misunderstood leader. She was arrested for presenting herself as a lawyer to several people, offering discreet legal help in exchange for large fees.
See also: present
the female of the species is more deadly than the male
proverb Women are dangerous. The phrase implies that women are more dangerous than men, likening them to animal species in which the female is more powerful or aggressive than the male. The phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's 1911 poem, "The Female of the Species." Jane might look tiny, but she's a tough broad, and she brings that old saying to mind—the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
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female of the species is more deadly than the male
Prov. In many animal species, the female is poisonous and the male is not, and, by analogy, women are more dangerous than men. Bill: My old girlfriend's been threatening me ever since I broke up with her, but she's too small and weak to do me any harm. Fred: I'd be careful if I were you. The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.