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Snake in the Grass

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A secret enemy; an enemy concealed from sight. Rhyming slang, “a looking-glass.”

“Latet anguis in herba.”


Virgil, Eclogue iii. 93.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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