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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He's younger than me, better looking than me and there's a suspicion he's being groomed to replace this scribbling striker in years to come as poacher turned gamekeeper but he has a fight on his hands.
Now the poacher turned gamekeeper will join a working group aiming to end a disconnect between rulemakers, officials and clubs.
Barton has worked as a pundit with TALKSPORT since serving a five-month ban in 2017 for betting on football matches and described himself as "poacher turned gamekeeper" as he embarks on his new career.
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.
"I feel like a poacher turned gamekeeper. Just the idea of hosting Stars In Their Eyes tickled me and that's why I'm doing it.
Tax justice is an imperative whose time has come and Juncker, as poacher turned gamekeeper, could be the man who delivers it for Europe.
Will it be a case of poacher turned gamekeeper? He added: "I was thinking of getting the players to call me 'Sir' but I don't think it's going to happen!
"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.
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.
"But I'm not going to give any secrets away!" Kemp, though, is a poacher turned gamekeeper when it comes to attack and defence.