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He has warmed the snake on his chest Please tell me how do you say "He has warmed the snake on his chest" in English?
Aug 8, 2018 11:22 AM
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nourish a viper in (one's) bosom To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful.
August 8, 2018
Perhaps a Russian speaker will know the exact sense of this aphorism. But can you explain it to help us?
August 8, 2018
Natalia is correct. I found reference to this statement from Aesop's Fables and Chaucer and later William Shakespear. The more common idiom taking the snake's perspective might be, "[don't] bite the hand that feeds you."
August 8, 2018
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