The fox in the hen house

Idiom

The fox in the hen house

Definition

A situation where danger is present due to an unwelcome intruder.

Examples

Having the CEO in charge of the audit committee is like having a fox in the hen house.

Having a lawyer who works for the opposing side is like having a fox in the hen house.

Origin

United States

FAQs

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What does the phrase “The fox in the hen house” mean?

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It means a situation where danger is present due to an unwelcome intruder.

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What is an example of the phrase “The fox in the hen house”?

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Having the CEO in charge of the audit committee is like having a fox in the hen house.