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feed (someone) to the wolves

To sacrifice someone to ruin, destruction, or hostility from others, especially for one's own benefit or survival. He cares nothing for the people he works with and is willing to feed them to the wolves if it means his stock might increase a bit. In the face of the scandal, the administration has been feeding to the wolves anyone they can use to deflect blame from themselves.
See also: feed, wolves

lone wolf

1. Someone who does not seek or like the company of others. Shannon should have known Brad would break her heart—he's a lone wolf who doesn't like getting close to anybody. A: "Does he have any friends at school?" B: "No, I think he's a lone wolf."
2. A terrorist who acts alone or independently of a larger group when carrying out an attack. The attack was carried out by another lone wolf who had no affiliation with terror groups but was inspired by radical postings online.
See also: lone, wolf

raised by wolves

A set phrase said of one who seems particularly uncouth and/or socially inept. Why are you eating spaghetti with your hands? Were you raised by wolves? He's so rude, it's like he was raised by wolves!
See also: by, raised, wolves

throw (one) to the wolves

To put one in the position to be the recipient of blame, trouble, or criticism, often that which was intended for oneself. Tommy was caught with the marijuana in his backpack, but he threw me to the wolves and said it was mine. Our manager never hesitates to throw an underling to the wolves when something goes wrong in the office.
See also: throw, wolves

wolf at the/(one's) door

1. A creditor or moneylender looking for repayment. I've had the wolves at my door ever since I took out that idiotic payday loan a year ago. With so many wolves at our door, I think I need to get a better paying job soon.
2. Any impending or imminent source of danger, disaster, or ruin. This market trend is becoming wildly unsustainable and erratic, and this wolf at the door could threaten to plunge us into another recession. That country is not our ally—it is a wolf at our door, waiting for its opportunity to strike.
See also: door, wolf

the wolf is at the/(one's) door

1. Someone or something is facing imminent financial ruin or difficulty. Often used in plural constructions. The wolves have been at my door for so long that I don't really remember what it's like to not be on the verge of bankruptcy. As the economy continues to struggle, the wolf is at the door for many small businesses around the country.
2. Some danger, threat, or calamity imminent or at hand. Often used in plural constructions. Our nation is facing unprecedented threats from all over the world. The wolves are at our door, and we need to be prepared to confront them. I fear that when it comes to climate change, the wolf is already at the door.
See also: door, wolf

throw someone to the wolves

Fig. to sacrifice someone to save the rest; to abandon someone to harm. (Fig. on the image of giving one person to the wolves to eat so the rest can get away.) Don't try to throw me to the wolves. I'll tell the truth about the whole affair! The investigation was going to be rigorous and unpleasant, and I could see they were going to throw someone to the wolves.
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lone wolf

A person who prefers to do without the company or assistance of others. For example, Her nursery school teacher described Beth as a lone wolf, an assessment her parents found astonishing . This expression alludes to the tendency of some species of wolf to hunt alone rather than in packs. [c. 1900]
See also: lone, wolf

throw to the wolves

Also, throw to the dogs or lions . Send to a terrible fate; sacrifice someone, especially so as to save oneself. For example, Leaving him with hostile reporters was throwing him to the wolves, or If Bob doesn't perform as they expect, they'll throw him to the lions. All three hyperbolic terms allude to the ravenous appetite of these animals, which presumably will devour the victim. The first term comes from Aesop's fable about a nurse who threatens to throw her charge to the wolves if the child does not behave. [First half of 1900s]
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throw someone to the wolves

If someone throws you to the wolves, they allow you to be criticized severely or treated badly, and they do not try to protect you. Being released into the general prison population was like being thrown to the wolves. Suddenly, aged 23, he was thrown to the wolves, and made to answer very personal and deeply insulting questions by a pack of journalists. Compare with throw someone to the lions.
See also: someone, throw, wolves

lone wolf

a person who prefers to act alone.
See also: lone, wolf

throw someone to the wolves

leave someone to be roughly treated or criticized without trying to help or defend them. informal
This phrase probably arose in reference to tales about packs of wolves pursuing travellers in horse-drawn sleighs, in which one person was pushed off the sleigh to allow it to go faster, so enabling the others to make their escape.
1958 Listener This able and agreeable doctor was thrown to the wolves by a Prime Minister who had good reason to know that his own position was desperate.
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throw somebody to the ˈwolves/ˈlions

allow somebody to be attacked or remain in a difficult situation, perhaps because they are no longer useful or important to you: When he became politically unpopular the rest of his party just threw him to the wolves. OPPOSITE: save somebody’s bacon
See also: lion, somebody, throw, wolves

lone wolf

n. a man who stays to himself. Fred is sort of a lone wolf until he has a few drinks.
See also: lone, wolf

throw to the wolves, to

To abandon or deliver something or someone to a terrible fate. This term comes from Aesop’s fable about a nurse who threatens to throw her charge to the wolves unless the child behaves better. She never intends to carry out her threat, so the wolf waits in vain for its prey. It is the idea of sacrificing someone that survived in the cliché, as, for example, in Clarissa Cushman’s mystery I Wanted to Murder (1941): “She was his wife. He couldn’t throw her to the wolves.”
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References in classic literature ?
The fire was burning furiously at the end of the branch, and Mowgli struck right and left round the circle, and the wolves ran howling with the sparks burning their fur.
Red wolves contain about 75 percent coyote genes and 25 percent gray wolf genes, an international team of scientists reports July 27 in Science Advances.
Scientists say the red wolf and the eastern wolf are just gray wolves with coyote DNA.
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WOLVES ON THE HUNT: THE BEHAVIOR OF WOLVES HUNTING WILD PREY.
Since wolves returned to Oregon in 2008, their population has grown to 82 in at least nine breeding packs.
com)-- "Wolf Haven International truly maintains the welfare of the wolves as their greatest priority as demonstrated by their highly naturalized wolf habitats and their "hands-off" animal management practices," says Kellie Heckman, Executive Director of GFAS.
Almost exactly a year earlier videographer Mike Emery and I had sat on the same bluff, overlooking the same frozen river, watching old tracks on the ice, sitting and shivering for over nine hours and more, hoping wolves would return to the enticing bait we were watching.
Wolves are beautiful creatures and also a bit mysterious - even down to their DNA.
THE PLAN SOUNDED all too simple--introduce wolves back into the Yellowstone ecosystem, and when they reach a certain number, states will take over wolf management.
Walker himself lives in Montana and observed wolves there to better imagine the wolves of Japan, since they disappeared--probably--a century ago.
Animal lover Kathy Bryan of Licking County, Ohio, was upset when she was forced to kill three wolves.
And the implications, like the wolves themselves, have spread beyond the borders of Yellowstone to other regions of the Pacific Northwest, where splinter packs are eventually expected to take up residence.
It turns out that dogs and wolves have by far the closest genetic match.
Tonya Littlewolf, a woman with a charismatic personality, can look back on a childhood that revolved around, not puppies or kittens, but wolves.