a treacherous person, especially one who feigns friendship.
a concealed danger.
snake in the grass
A treacherous person, as in Ben secretly applied for the same job as his best friend; no one knew he was such a snake in the grass. This metaphor for treachery, alluding to a poisonous snake concealed in tall grass, was used in 37 b.c. by the Roman poet Virgil (latet anguis in herba). It was first recorded in English in 1696 as the title of a book by Charles Leslie.
noun 1. any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas. 2. a treacherous person; an insidious enemy. Compare snake in the grass. 3. Building Trades. Also called auger, plumber’s snake. (in plumbing) a device for dislodging obstructions in curved pipes, having a […]
noun 1. a Californian plant, Dichelostemma volubile, of the amaryllis family, having a twining stem and an umbel of rose-red or pink flowers.
noun 1. an elongate, deep-sea fish, Gempylus serpens, inhabiting tropical and temperate seas, having jutting jaws and strong teeth.
noun, plural snakemouths [sneyk-mouth z] /ˈsneɪkˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA) 1. rose pogonia. noun 1. a terrestrial orchid, Pogonia ophioglossoides, of E North America, having solitary fragrant pinkish-purple flowers