snake in the grass

noun phrase

Definition of snake in the grass

: a secretly faithless friend

First Known Use of snake in the grass

1696, in the meaning defined above

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“Snake in the grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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