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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.)   1
“Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.”
Virgil: Æneid, ii. 49.

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