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nurture a serpent in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. (A less common variant of "nurture a viper in one's bosom.") I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nurtured a serpent in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nurtured a serpent in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, serpent

nurture a viper in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nurtured a viper in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nurtured a viper in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, viper

nurture a snake in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nurtured a snake in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nurtured a snake in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, snake
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The Nurture man doesn't go out drinking, womanizing or engaging in bad company.
As the science progressed, it became increasingly clear that the nature and nurture domains were hopelessly intertwined with one another.
Nurture My Child's camp database is updated consistently and is the only place where a large majority of camps in Austin and the surrounding areas are listed and families can search by multiple criteria like camp activities, schedule, location, ages, etc.
In another important shift, scholars moved away from viewing the nature-nurture debate as being about how much nature and nurture each contribute to the development of a trait.
Rose provides some answers to this dilemma through his discussion of nurture groups, with an emphasis on providing services wherein reflection and curiosity are encouraged.
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So you want to nurture the prospect over time and deliver the information they need to make a decision when they want to buy.
While Nature's Choice was not consumer facing, the new Nurture logo (pictured) will appear alongside the Red Tractor on pre-packed produce, although it won't feature on loose produce as yet.
Seaton Hirst Middle School, in Ashington, held a special ribboncutting ceremony to mark the launch of the new, purpose-built Nurture Room.
A NURTURE group is helping some of the school's younger pupils get to grips with the challenges of learning to read, write and do sums.
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This project has maintained the existing nurture group at Gors and is supporting the creation of a new group at Blaenymaes Primary.
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Certainly nature plays a significant role in explaining differences between men and women--one can hardly deny the societal implications of women's exclusive ability to bear children--but it is important that we don't abandon nurture as an avenue for progress just yet.