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crazy like a fox

Very clever, cunning, or shrewd while appearing foolish or mad. People thought I was crazy when I told them my idea for massive social networking site—crazy like a fox, more like it! Our boss is crazy like a fox; her daredevil schemes always sound like they'll bankrupt us, but they invariably bring in a huge profit.
See also: crazy, fox, like

Don't let the fox guard the henhouse.

Don't assign the duty of protecting or controlling valuable information or resources to someone who is likely to exploit that opportunity. You're going to put your ex-convict brother-in-law in charge of your business? I can't tell you how to run your company, but don't let the fox guard the henhouse.
See also: fox, guard, let

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.
See also: fox, guard, henhouse

fox in the henhouse

Someone with bad intentions. (A fox would prey upon hens in a henhouse.) I'd watch out for him if I were you—he walks around here like a fox in the henhouse.
See also: fox, henhouse

fox's sleep

A state of apparent sleep (or feigned indifference) in which someone is actually aware of everything going on around them. Alludes to the idea that foxes sleep with one eye open and thus are always at the ready. I think Amy is just in a fox's sleep, so be careful what you say right now. The best way to get gossip on these trips is to be in a fox's sleep.
See also: sleep

shoot (one's) fox

To undermine or thwart someone's plans, efforts, or ambitions by taking action that pre-empts them or makes them redundant. Primarily heard in UK. Congress may have shot the president's fox, though, with a bill that he cannot politically afford to veto, but which leaves him with no opportunity to pass his signature healthcare plan.
See also: fox, shoot

a stone cold fox

Someone who is very attractive and appealing, usually a woman. A: "Wow, that girl is gorgeous." B: "I know, she's a stone cold fox."
See also: cold, fox, stone

(as) wily as a fox

Exceptionally clever, cunning, or shrewd, especially in devious or underhanded ways. He thought he was being wily as a fox in the way he had been skimming money from the cash registers, but management caught up with him eventually. The novel centers around the cat-and-mouse chase between a police detective and a thief who is as wily as a fox. She may come off as nothing but smiles and sunshine, but trust me—she's wily as a fox!
See also: fox

(as) crafty as a fox

Exceptionally clever, cunning, or shrewd, especially in devious or underhanded ways. He thought he was being crafty as a fox in the way he had been skimming money from the cash registers, but management caught up with him eventually. The novel centers around the cat-and-mouse chase between a police detective and a thief who is as crafty as a fox. She may come off as nothing but smiles and sunshine, but trust me—she's crafty as a fox!
See also: crafty, fox

(as) sly as a fox

Exceptionally clever, cunning, or shrewd, especially in devious or underhanded ways. He thought he was being sly as a fox in the way he had been skimming money from the cash registers, but management caught up with him eventually. The novel centers around the cat-and-mouse chase between a police detective and a thief who is as sly as a fox. She may come off as nothing but smiles and sunshine, but trust me—she's sly as a fox!
See also: fox, sly

stone fox

A very sexually attractive person, especially a woman. Did you see that stone fox at the bar? She was totally checking you out! The movie itself wasn't any good, but at least the lead actor was a stone fox!
See also: fox, stone

fox trap

slang A car modified in such a way that it will (ideally) make the driver appealing to women. We need a fox trap, not your ancient station wagon. No self-respecting woman would want to be seen in that thing!
See also: fox, trap

*sly as a fox

 and *cunning as a fox
Cliché smart and clever. (*Also: as ~.) My nephew is as sly as a fox. You have to be cunning as a fox to outwit me.
See also: fox, sly

crazy like a fox

Seemingly foolish but actually very shrewd and cunning. For example, You think Bob was crazy to turn it down? He's crazy like a fox, because they've now doubled their offer . This usage gained currency when humorist S.J. Perelman used it as the title of a book (1944). [Early 1900s] .
See also: crazy, fox, like

crazy like a fox

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you describe someone as crazy like a fox, you mean that they seem strange or silly but may in fact be acting in a clever way. He can be as scary in person as he is on screen — that man is crazy like a fox. Note: The image here is of the fox that is traditionally seen as clever and able to trick people.
See also: crazy, fox, like

crazy like a fox

very cunning or shrewd.
See also: crazy, fox, like

shoot someone's fox

thwart someone's plans or ambitions by pre-empting them.
The expression comes from the world of fox-hunting, where shooting a fox, which robs the hunters of their sport, is viewed with great displeasure.
2004 Scotland on Sunday The Democrats had planned to make unemployment a key issue in their campaign: Dubya, with his tax cuts, has shot their fox.
See also: fox, shoot

fox

n. an attractive girl or young woman. Man, who was that fox I saw you with?

fox trap

n. an automobile customized and fixed up in a way that will attract women. I put every cent I earned into my fox trap, but I still repelled women.
See also: fox, trap

a stone cold fox

n. a very fine and sexy woman. (see also fox.) That dame is a stone cold fox. What’s her phone number?
See also: cold, fox, stone

stone fox

n. an attractive woman; a very sexy woman. Who is that stone fox I saw you with last night?
See also: fox, stone

crazy like a fox

Seemingly silly but actually very crafty. The title of a book (1944) by the great American humorist S. J. Perelman, this ungrammatical term came to be applied more widely soon afterward and is a borderline cliché.
See also: crazy, fox, like
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"I think foxes are a welcome addition to urban wildlife and a lot of people get pleasure from seeing them, and some will put food out for them."
We have had many conversations with oilfield personnel during which they reported on similar encounters between red and arctic foxes. Most encounters reported involve red foxes chasing arctic foxes, but some report arctic foxes being killed and consumed.
Clare, a lawyer and mother of three who also had the foxes in her garden shot, did not want her last name published, saying "there are probably more people who want to shoot people who shoot foxes, than people who want to shoot foxes.''
Unlike their rural cousins, urban foxes are often described as bold or fearless in man's presence, such has been the ease with which they have adapted to the urban environment.
Newcastle City Council's Pest Control section doesn't extend to urban foxes, so the problem with these animals becomes the responsibility of the occupier of the property where the problem occurs.
In the early 1990s, motivated by the increased abundance of Arctic foxes in the Prudhoe Bay region (Burgess, 2000; Ballard et al., 2000) and concern about their potential effects as predators on migratory birds, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.
(1998) reported Toxascaris in six of 15 (40%) swift foxes from southeastern Colorado, and Pybus and Williams (2003) considered T.
In North America, red foxes are currently divided into two major groups, called "clades," based on their genetics.
Kevin added there are steps homeowners can take to keep foxes away.
A spokeswoman for Bexley Council told the newspaper that they provide support and advice for people affected by foxes, but do not provide a fox control service.
Residents are being urged to put out a sweet remedy to save the city's urban foxes.
Nationally, many Tories are waging a public relations war against foxes as part of the attempt to generate support for a repeal of the hunting ban.
A MERSEYSIDE dad today warned city families about large urban foxes preying on livestock.
SEASONAL VARIATION IN FORAGING GROUP SIZE OF CRAB-EATING FOXES AND HOARY FOXES IN THE CERRADO BIOME, CENTRAL BRAZIL