Definition of a wolf in sheep's clothing in English:

a wolf in sheep's clothing

phrase

  • A person or thing that appears friendly or harmless but is really hostile.

    ‘the widespread belief that any British proposal was a wolf in sheep's clothing’
    • ‘They say this is a wolf in sheep's clothing or something, and you then say to yourself, ‘What did the valuation have to do with the case?’’
    • ‘But the third and potentially worst problem of all is that Dorothea is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and we divers appear to be exceedingly gullible!’
    • ‘Now they need our vote; now they coming to us smiling and laughing in our face, like a wolf in sheep's clothing.’
    • ‘But, alas, he had proved to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.’
    • ‘Although heavily involved in the creation of the Human Rights Watch program, this man is a wolf in sheep's clothing.’
    • ‘When we say someone is a wolf in sheep's clothing, we don't literally mean that he's a large land mammal related to a dog, wearing wool.’
    • ‘It isn't, therefore, that community policing is a better way to package draconian measures, like a wolf in sheep's clothing.’
    • ‘Vancouverites have quickly cottoned on to the fact they'd been fooled into electing a wolf in sheep's clothing in their rush to promote the former cop to the top political office in the City.’
    • ‘Although few would have suspected that Page was actually a wolf in sheep's clothing, the presenter is set to stop his fee payments this month in protest at what he claims is a BBC bias against rural Britain.’
    • ‘You are a wolf in sheep's clothing and everyone else knows it.’