fox in the henhouse

fox in the henhouse

Someone who will or intends to exploit or manipulate something, some place, or someone for their own personal gain. (A fox would prey upon hens if it went into a henhouse.) He was like a fox in the henhouse, using every trick up his sleeve to line his pockets with the company's money. Giving a person like that access to so much power is like putting a fox in the henhouse.
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The Fox in the Henhouse By Si Kahn and Elizabeth Minnich San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2005 320 pages; $14.95
The Fox in the Henhouse calls much needed attention to the epidemic of privatization, which is transforming public services without meaningful discussion.