fox guarding the henhouse

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fox guarding the henhouse

A person likely to exploit the information or resources that they have been charged to protect or control. My sister is going to put her ex-convict brother-in-law in charge of her business, and I'm worried he'll be like a fox guarding the henhouse.
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"This is a case of the fox guarding the hen house. Over the years, the FAA has given the authority to sign off the planes as airworthy to the manufacturer who does not have the capacity or the technical expertise to do so.
Please let's seek justice for the victims and not allow them to be victimized again by the fox guarding the hen house.
This eliminates the risk of having the "fox guarding the hen house" and empowers an independent senior manager outside the construction circle to stop a project if quality falls below standards of care.
The vast majority of crime labs are administered by law enforcement, an arrangement that criminal defense lawyers say is akin to a fox guarding the hen house.
"I feel like it is the fox guarding the hen house," Young said.
Part of the reason for the change is to make the survey process uniform across specialties, but it's also an attempt to address the appearance of the "fox guarding the hen house" that comes from having specialty societies control the collection of data so important to determining how their members get paid, Dr.
The SEC will frown on sole practitioners wearing all hats: it's the fox guarding the hen house thing.