Definition of viper in one's bosom in English:

viper in one's bosom


  • A person whom one has supported but now behaves treacherously towards one.

    • ‘For example, in the opening verse: ‘John said to [us who] came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers!’’
    • ‘A snake lurks in the haystack, a viper in her bosom.’
    • ‘‘If you will nurse a viper in your bosom of course he will sting you,’ said Aunt Polly in a letter which she took the trouble to write to the squire.’
    • ‘Were they not really warming a viper in their bosom?’
    • ‘Apparently he has been unconsciously nursing a viper in his bosom, for the same Science now ‘turns and strikes him.’’
    • ‘You remember the old story of the tender-hearted man, who placed a frozen viper in his bosom, and was stung by it when it became thawed?’
    • ‘Thank goodness one politician opposed their entry - or we could have this viper in our bosom!’
    • ‘Why nourish a viper in one's bosom, cultivate an adversary, possibly an enemy?’
    • ‘I have nourished a viper in my bosom.’
    • ‘And you couldn't have that viper in your bosom.’