beware the Greeks bearing gifts

beware the Greeks bearing gifts
beware (or fear) the Greeks bearing gifts proverb if a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the warning given by Laocoön to the Trojans in Virgil's Aeneid, against admitting the wooden horse to Troy.]
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  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

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