APAD: A wolf in sheep's clothing

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Meaning:

    Someone who hides malicious intent under the guise of kindliness.

 

Background:

   The cautionary advice that one cannot necessarily trust someone who appears

   kind and friendly has been with us for many centuries. Both Aesop's Fables

   and the Bible contain explicit references to wolves in sheep's clothing. On

   the face of it, Aesop must have originated the phrase as his tales are much

   older than any biblical text.

 

   The version of Aesop's Fables that is best known to us today is George Fyler

   Townsend's 1867 translation, in which he gives the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

   fable this way:

 

     Once upon a time a Wolf resolved to disguise his appearance in order to

     secure food more easily. Encased in the skin of a sheep, he pastured with

     the flock deceiving the shepherd by his costume. In the evening he was shut

     up by the shepherd in the fold; the gate was closed, and the entrance made

     thoroughly secure. But the shepherd, returning to the fold during the night

     to obtain meat for the next day, mistakenly caught up the Wolf instead of a

     sheep, and killed him instantly.

 

   The King James Version of the Bible, 1611, gives this warning in Matthew 7:15:

 

     Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but

     inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 

- www.phrases.org.uk [edited]

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The idiom did smell ancient and even Aesop or the Bible but it first reminded me

of a gabber who called his political opponent, a post-WWII British PM, "a sheep

in sheep's clothing" and "a modest little man with plenty to be modest about."

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watchedTheCrown, ChurchillWasSilly. SomeStayBoys&Grils I had -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 09:08:47

a bossLikeThat, I had2helpHim2KeepPeaceTill I was tired&left -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 11:23:43

world needsPeace! AnEye 4 anEye makes the whole world blind -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 11:25:29

People shouldHelp to keepPeace, not 2 Cheer4wars!!! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 11:33:28

not onlyTrueStayInMiddle, but be a good mediator. 共勉! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 11:40:56

Yes 2 Si vis pacem para pactum,NOT Si vis pacem, para bellum -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 12:10:11

So 'The Crown' was made by Churchill-hating revisionists -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 13:19:25

and bank-rolled by neo-nazis? :-))) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 13:22:41

haha, allMadeMistakes,inShowOrRealLife, includingChurchill;) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 14:20:25

I'd say especially him. 下次挖挖他的黑材料 :-))) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 15:22:18

"a sheep in sheep's clothing:true self -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 09:21:15

Hahaha! -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 09:46:16

I've seen shepherds in sheep's skin clothing, never a wolf. -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 12:15:45

TitleOrNot, all are Equal inThe eyesOfGod ;-) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 12:44:24

that's ordinary miracle all about ;-) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 12:48:58

We support animal rights, all of them and equally! :-)) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 13:30:01

How about "a sheep in wolf's clothing"? -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 13:42:52

That would be splendid, before being found out:-))) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 13:53:47

Y“ a sheep in sheep's clothing" Typo? -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 14:31:34

No. It's like saying "an undisguised 100% sheep." -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 06/21/2024 postreply 15:29:02

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