in disguise

in disguise

Hiding the true appearance or nature of someone or something. A: "Well, if you want to spy on him, we'll have to go to the restaurant in disguise." B: "I've got some wigs from last Halloween—will that work?" Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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in disguise

hidden behind a disguise; looking like something else. Santa Claus was really the little child's father in disguise. What I thought was terrible turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
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He discusses the disguised ruler on the Elizabethan stage, The Malcontent: a play in two forms; conventionality in disguise in Measure for Measure; law, morality, and the medievalism of disguise in The Phoenix and The Fawn; and disguised ruler afterlives: the specter of terrorism.
HILL OF BEATH gaffer Jock Finlayson insists his absence this season has been a blessing in disguise.
After a string of woeful movie tie-ins, it comes as no small relief to play a Transformers game this good - developers High Moon have created a unique take on the robots in disguise.
Although it was a painful experience at the time, it proved to be a blessing in disguise for the 29-year-old, whose Welsh international career appears to be over following a well-publicised bust-up with new manager John Toshack.
A TEENAGE murderer who has been on the run for four days after escaping from court amid a security blunder may be in disguise, police have warned.
The reason why, as the women would not discover until a chance encounter between one daycare provider and one of the "interpreters" who accompanied the fraud investigators in October, was that the "interpreters" were actually agents from the INS in disguise.
A good example of the need for an audience to be aware that a character is in disguise was offered recently by the production of The Alchemist presented by Shenandoah Shakespeare at the inaugural conference at the Blackfriars Playhouse.
Once in disguise the character offers, through brief moments of soliloquy, through asides, or through self-referential double meanings, reminders of his or her primary identity.
And Celadon, who excels among men in sports,(50) bears so great a resemblance to Adamas's daughter Alexis, that the druid himself hatches the plan for Celadon to pass in disguise for Alexis.(51) Biological differences between the sexes, if there are any that serve as markers of identity,(52) are simply no barrier in the game of disguises; given the ease with which characters pass in identity across those lines, we must infer that the genders cannot be greatly far apart in physical attribute at the outset.
Maybe getting the runs from olestra is a blessing in disguise. People who can eat olestra without suffering stomach troubles could be snacking their way to a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, and blindness.
DAVE BOWMAN reckons the referees' shock strike could turn out to be a blessing in disguise - because it's time foreign and English whistlers were given a chance to rule the roost in Scotland.
He said: "Losing to Arthur in 2003 was a blessing in disguise. I'd won all 18 of my fights until then but that was a reminder I wasn't as good as I thought I was."