Definition of beware of Greeks bearing gifts in US English:

beware of Greeks bearing gifts


  • If a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives.

    • ‘During the discussion in the Senate and House, the principle, "Fear the Greeks bearing gifts," was introduced and reiterated with emphasis.’
    • ‘As the measure has been drawn by the most experienced and devoted friends of the reform, there is no occasion to fear the "Greeks bearing gifts" in this instance.’
    • ‘Government also seems to have realised that it should beware the Greeks bearing gifts.’
    • ‘“Beware the Greeks bearing gifts,” he cries, hurling a spear into its side.’
    • ‘The only antidote to this kind of thing that I can think of, is the folklore wisdom contained in "Beware the Greeks bearing gifts."’