poacher turned gamekeeper

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.
See also: gamekeeper, poacher, turn

poacher turned gamekeeper

BRITISH
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.
See also: gamekeeper, poacher, turn

poacher turned gamekeeper

someone who now protects the interests which they previously attacked.
See also: gamekeeper, poacher, turn

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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POACHER turned gamekeeper Ken Lowson shows it's never too late to make a difference.
He genius, His father, the Reverend Alexander Love, originally from Glasgow, said: "Lauri's actually now using his talents to better ends, like the poacher turned gamekeeper.
In his new role of poacher turned gamekeeper patron saint of the middle classes Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall turned the full force of his camera unit on the evils of over-zealous packaging and non-recyclable coffee cups in BBC1's War On Waste: The Battle Continues.
It's a bit like poacher turned gamekeeper, but I know Terry very well and he can do a very good job for us," said Maynard.
Tax justice is an imperative whose time has come and Juncker, as poacher turned gamekeeper, could be the man who delivers it for Europe.
Jonathan is a classic example of poacher turned gamekeeper and has developed a passion and expertise into a thriving business," he said.
He said: "That was very enjoyable at the time but perhaps I am a poacher turned gamekeeper now that I'm back in the city centre.
Peter Findlay has now become a poacher turned gamekeeper and is working with police to try and prevent students falling victim to thieves.
Poacher turned gamekeeper later in the day as the Sri Lanka keeper claimed two stumpings of his own in the England innings for a performance makeup of 119.
HAPPY SKIP Matthew Rees is poacher turned gamekeeper
NEIL Kitching has scored plenty of goals throughout his playing career but it was a case of poacher turned gamekeeper when he became a stand-in keeper.
Kemp, though, is a poacher turned gamekeeper when it comes to attack and defence.
Platini, a member of the governing body's executive committee - a sort of poacher turned gamekeeper - claims these clubs are more interested in money than football.
It would be the ultimate case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
In summary they declare themselves poacher turned gamekeeper turned pillar of truth and justice.