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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The SEC will frown on sole practitioners wearing all hats: it's the fox guarding the hen house thing.
Clearly we need to stop the appearance of the fox guarding the hen house.
It's a little like the fox guarding the hen house, when you have the largest healthcare system in the area controlling the primary payors of medical bills," said Dr.
Having U S WEST in charge of customer accounts is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house," said Tom Pelto, AT&T vice president law and government affairs.