A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Definition

An idiom used to describe someone who appears to be harmless or innocent but is actually malicious or dangerous.

Examples

He seemed like a kind person, but it turns out he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing

I was fooled by her innocent act, but she was a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Origin

It originates from an Aesop fable in which a wolf tries to disguise itself as a sheep in order to get close to the flock.

Faqs

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What does ‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’ mean?

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It is an idiom used to describe someone who appears to be harmless or innocent but is actually malicious or dangerous.

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Where does ‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from?

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It originates from an Aesop fable in which a wolf tries to disguise itself as a sheep in order to get close to the flock.