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I am not a wolf in sheep's clothing, I'm a wolf in wolf's clothing.
Ricky Gervais

Meaning of "wolf in sheep's clothing" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

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WHAT DOES WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wolf in sheep's clothing

Wolf in sheep's clothing

Wolf in sheep's clothing is an idiom of Biblical origin. It is used of those playing a role contrary to their real character, with whom contact is dangerous. As a fable it has been falsely credited to Aesop and the theme is now numbered 451 in the Perry Index. The confusion has arisen from the similarity of the theme with fables of Aesop concerning wolves that are mistakenly trusted by shepherds; the moral drawn from these is that one's basic nature eventually betrays itself.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

wolf
wolf call
Wolf Cub
wolf note
wolf pack
wolf spider
wolf whistle
Wolf-Ferrari
Wolf-Rayet star
wolf-whistle
wolfberry
Wolfe
Wolfenden Report
Wolfensohn
wolfer
Wolffian body
wolffish
wolfhound
wolfish
wolfishly

WORDS THAT END LIKE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

anything
bathing
be on to a good thing
breathing
clothing
everything
first thing
fishing
get down on something
know-nothing
last thing
nothing
something
soothing
sunbathing
the first thing
the other thing
the real thing
the thing
thing
Worthing

Synonyms and antonyms of wolf in sheep's clothing in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «wolf in sheep's clothing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

Find out the translation of wolf in sheep's clothing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wolf in sheep's clothing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wolf in sheep's clothing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

狼披着羊皮的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lobo con piel de cordero
570 millions of speakers

English

wolf in sheep´s clothing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भेड़ कपड़ों में भेड़िया
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الذئب في ثياب حمل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Волк в овечьей шкуре
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

lobo em pele de cordeiro
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভেড়া পোশাক মধ্যে নেকড়ে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

loup dans l´habillement du mouton
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Serigala dalam pakaian domba
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wolf im Schafspelz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

羊の皮を着たオオカミ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

양의 옷 에서 늑대
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Serigala nganggo sandhangan wedhus
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sói trong quần áo của cừu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

செம்மறி ஆடையுடன் ஓநாய்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मेंढीच्या वस्त्रांमधील लांडगा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Koyun giyiminde kurt
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

lupo travestito da agnello
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Wilk w owczej skórze
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

вовк в овечій шкурі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lup în haine de oaie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λύκος με προβιά προβάτου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wolf in skaapsklere
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

varg i fårakläder
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ulv i fåreklær
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wolf in sheep's clothing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING»

The term «wolf in sheep's clothing» is quite widely used and occupies the 46.986 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wolf in sheep's clothing

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2 QUOTES WITH «WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word wolf in sheep's clothing.
1
Ricky Gervais
I am not a wolf in sheep's clothing, I'm a wolf in wolf's clothing.
2
Henry Paulson
There is a very real danger that financial regulation will become a wolf in sheep's clothing.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING»

Discover the use of wolf in sheep's clothing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wolf in sheep's clothing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
This book will take you on a journey into the truth about deception.
Victoria Levine, 2011
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Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: The Search for a Child Killer
In Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Tommy McIntyre provides a compelling and detailed account of the search for the Oakland County child killer. This is a story of tragedy and grief, dead-ends and disappointments.
Tommy McIntyre, 1988
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A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Harriet Allistair came west to Montana to build a new life, convinced that inheriting her uncle's farm offered the chance to prove herself to her family, to the world and most important, to herself.
Joan Johnston, 2011
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Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
When one of her tenants turns up dead and her brother Tom, the woman's business partner, becomes the prime suspect in the crime, Annie O'Hara sets out to clear her brother's name and find the real killer, with the help of her canine ...
Ann Campbell, 2001
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Fair Tax: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Will the cost of goods and services Increase, because of the Fair-tax? 8. Who will the Fair-tax Benefit and Burden the most? If you can't answer one of these questions and others, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
Nelson Warwick, 2007
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The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: The Impostor
Beware!!!! Could there be an impostor in the flock In my first book "The Lost Sheep" the youngest brother welcomed the wolf as a friend.
Tina Lorice (Anderson) Crayton, 2011
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Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
When Garth's former lover, Diana Baldwin, and Devin LeMay, her new boyfriend, disappear without a trace, Garth is determined to find them
John R. Riggs, 1993
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The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
A retelling of Aesop's fable about a hungry, but unlucky, wolf who tries to capture a tasty lamb for dinner by disguising himself in sheep's wool.
‎2010
9
In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing With ...
"This book clearly illustrates the true nature of disturbed characters, exposes the tactics the most manipulative characters use to pull the wool over the eyes of others, and outlines powerful, practical ways to deal more effectively with ...
George K. Simon, 2010
10
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: 2nd in Trilogy
The machine guns fired with pin point accuracy and the pirates could see they were out gunned and tried to run. But Ann, the cruise ship had become Ann the Raider, and she surely was "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing."
Odell Sexton, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wolf in sheep's clothing is used in the context of the following news items.
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Tim Dowling: I'm a wolf in sheep's clothing
Tim Dowling: I'm a wolf in sheep's clothing. 'Should we do, like, a mercy killing?' the youngest one says, pointing to his mother. 'To put her out of her misery?'. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Gosar bill is wolf in sheep's clothing
Thanks for your reporting on the Gosar-Pearce bill — oddly called the Mexican Wolf Transparency and Accountability Act. Mexican wolves are transparent ... «Arizona Daily Sun, Jul 15»
3
France Suspect: 'Wolf In Sheep's Clothing'
France Suspect: 'Wolf In Sheep's Clothing'. Yassin Salhi has been arrested for beheading his boss and setting off an explosion at a chemical factory, French ... «Sky News, Jun 15»
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Photo highlights of the day: Fifa raids and a wolf in sheep's clothing
Photo highlights of the day: Fifa raids and a wolf in sheep's clothing. The Guardian's picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the ... «The Guardian, May 15»
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'Social Justice'--The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
At a recent government event, a new caucus was established, proudly proclaiming their goal is to promote Social Justice. A real estate agent recently set me a ... «Western Journalism, May 15»
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Beware of the New Putin, a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
For the last few weeks commentators, politicians and many sectors of the western public have been perhaps surprised by Vladimir Putin's somewhat ... «Huffington Post, Apr 15»
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This stock is a wolf in sheep's clothing: Trader
Social media and Internet stocks have been some of this year's hottest investments. Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook have all outperformed the broader market ... «CNBC, Mar 15»
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Brad Ashford strikes some Democrats as 'wolf in sheep's clothing'
“I just hate him for fooling me during the election process into thinking he was something better than Lee Terry. He is even worse, that wolf in sheep's clothing!”. «Omaha World-Herald, Jan 15»
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Religious Accommodation -- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Religious Accommodation -- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Posted: 11/25/2014 3:00 pm EST Updated: 01/25/2015 5:59 am EST ... «Huffington Post, Nov 14»
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Humor a tactic for political ads in race for Pa. Governor
"Have you seen Tom Wolf's plan for raising the state income tax? One report says it would more ... as a narrator says "Don't vote for a Wolf in sheep's clothing." ... «WTAE Pittsburgh, Oct 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Wolf in sheep's clothing [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/wolf-in-sheeps-clothing>. Nov 2020 ».
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