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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.
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The Scottish Gamekeepers Association say Scottish Natural Heritage plan to revive the practice and it would be "a shameful day" for animal welfare.
Gamekeepers are legally allowed to snare and kill foxes but not "non-target" animals such as badgers.
Mr McMorn sought a judicial review of a 2014 decision, backed by the National Gamekeepers Organisation.
Well, driven grouse shooting depends on gamekeepers - and the legal predator control and habitat management work done by them.
com)-- Vail Products[R] of Horton, KS, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket severe-duty construction equipment attachments and land management tools, has renewed its television partnership with Gamekeepers of Mossy Oak for the series' 2015 schedule on the Pursuit Channel.
The indiscriminate traps are used by gamekeepers to stop predators from eating prized pheasant, partridge and grouse before they are released for hunting parties to shoot.
PCSO Paul Payne explained: "We have an effective Farmwatch scheme in place, with police being joined by farmers, landowners and gamekeepers all keeping an eye on the countryside they depend on for their livelihood.
The classes, open to gamekeepers, owners of working gundogs, gundog teams and young handlers, will be held on "Gundog Day" on Sunday, March 9, at the NEC, Birmingham.
Gamekeepers have blamed conservation groups for wildfires in the Highlands.
But the soggy summer is still having repercussions for us gamekeepers.
The term was initially used to describe chronic occupational injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament to gamekeepers in Scotland because of their methods used to kill rabbits.
But Defra says a survey by the National Gamekeepers Organisation found that three quarters of gamekeepers believed buzzards had a harmful effect on pheasant shoots.
But gamekeepers in rural Staffordshire say they take their lives in their hands every time they go to work.
Duncan described running the gauntlet of gamekeepers during his early days as a rambler.
I see the gamekeepers and the ranger still standing there; they are staring at the doghouse, the last one in this wasteland, they are waiting for the dog to sleep.