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beware (or fear) the Greeks bearing gifts

Definition of beware or fear the Greeks bearing gifts in English:

proverb If a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives.
[With allusion to Virgil's Aeneid (ii. 49)]
Example sentences
  • “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."
  • Government also seems to have realised that it should beware the Greeks bearing gifts.
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