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Greek Gift

(A). A treacherous gift. The reference is to the Wooden Horse said to be a gift or offering to the gods for a safe return from Troy, but in reality a ruse for the destruction of the city. (See Fatal Gifts.)

“Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.”

Virgil: Æneid, ii. 49.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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