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Fox guarding the henhouse


Deceitful management. Suggests that the person in leadership is actually the one who would take personal advantage of the position.  A precautionary statement about the wrong person in control of a situation, business or project. An untrustworthy person in charge of others. (Compare to a Wolf in sheep’s clothing.)

  Allowing the neighbor’s son to watch over our teenage daughter while we are on vacation, is like letting the fox guard the henhouse.”

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