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poacher turned gamekeeper

A person whose job or role has completely changed, from one extreme to another. Primarily heard in UK. The notorious computer hacker who once stole money from unsuspecting Internet users now helps the government catch other hackers—it's a strange case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
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old poacher makes the best gamekeeper

Prov. The best person to guard something is someone who knows all about how to steal it, so he or she can anticipate what thieves might do. We should hire the computer hacker to design computer security systems. An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper.
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poacher turned gamekeeper

If you describe someone as poacher turned gamekeeper, you mean that they have changed their job or opinion and now have authority over the same sort of people that they were themselves before. She returns as poacher turned gamekeeper. Previously a union leader, she now works for the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals. Gary Mason, boxing's poacher turned gamekeeper, will make his managerial debut tomorrow. Note: You can also say that someone is gamekeeper turned poacher, when someone who was in authority changes to a situation where they need to be controlled by others. He used to manage properties for other landlords. Now the gamekeeper turned poacher has to find occupiers for his own building. Note: A poacher is someone who illegally hunts animals such as deer, pheasant or salmon. A gamekeeper is someone employed by a landowner to look after these animals, which are known as game.
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poacher turned gamekeeper

someone who now protects the interests which they previously attacked.
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poacher turned ˈgamekeeper

(British English) a person who has changed from one situation or attitude to the opposite one, especially somebody who used to oppose people in authority but is now in a position of authority: He used to represent an oil company but now works for an environmental organization; a real case of the poacher turned gamekeeper.
See also: gamekeeper, poacher, turn
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The gamekeeper, who made around PS10,000 a year from the pheasant shoots, claimed buzzards took about 700 birds a season.
We haven't seen any products on the market similar to GameKeeper, so when we saw the Ultimate Gaming Backpack we knew it was necessary to protect our gaming gear during the pro circuit tour," said coach David Park.
When I started as a gamekeeper we used to carry heavy bags of grit for miles across the moors but now we have off-road vehicles to do the job for us," he said.
He's now 86 and recalls working on the Farnley estate with part-time gamekeeper Ben Woodhouse in the 1940s and 50s.
It is the moment when gamekeepers start to shift birds from the rearing field to the release pen, or bring in birds from the game farm.
A TOP moorland gamekeeper - born in the industrial smoke of Middlesbrough - has won a national rural award.
Gamekeeper Calum Murray, 18, was with friends in his home when his gun went off and fatally injured 16-year-old Sophie Taylor.
A MIDLAND teenage gamekeeper who clubbed badgers to death and killed two buzzards has been was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.
Last night husband Andrew Dixon, a 45-year-old gamekeeper, was under arrest on suspicion of shooting his love rival through the driver's side window, leaving him fighting for his life.
A GAMEKEEPER was nearly pounds 700 out of pocket after a banned pesticide was found in his vehicle.
GANGSTER movie filmmaker Guy Ritchie (right) is going to direct a film version of the comic series The Gamekeeper.
Gamekeeper, winner of this race a year ago, and Topacio, who is locally owned, represent Pat Hughes.
THOUSAND OAKS - Moorpark resident Nicholas Crombie went right for the Pokemon cards during a 30-second shopping spree he recently won at The Gamekeeper store at The Oaks shopping center.
Atlantic created the GameKeeper line to help the growing population of gamers keep their console wires, accessories and other equipment organized at home," said James Dardashti, chief operating officer of Atlantic Inc.
Ryan is in the rst year of his Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management and his aim is to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, a retired gamekeeper, and his father, who is head keeper at the Swinton Estate in Yorkshire.