The snake in the grass

Idiom

The snake in the grass

Definition

A treacherous person who is not what they appear to be.

Examples

I thought she was my friend, but she turned out to be a snake in the grass.

He was always so helpful, but he was really just a snake in the grass.

I was wrong to trust him – he was nothing but a snake in the grass.

It turns out that the person we trusted was a snake in the grass.

I should have known better than to trust a snake in the grass.

Origin

This phrase is found in the Bible (Proverbs 26:24-26)

FAQs

question

What does the phrase “The snake in the grass” mean?

answer

It refers to a person who pretends to be your friend but is actually a covert enemy.