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viper in one's bosom

Definition of viper in one's bosom in English:

A person whom one has supported but now behaves treacherously towards one.
Example sentences
  • Thank goodness one politician opposed their entry - or we could have this viper in our bosom!
  • Apparently he has been unconsciously nursing a viper in his bosom, for the same Science now ‘turns and strikes him.’
  • Why nourish a viper in one's bosom, cultivate an adversary, possibly an enemy?
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