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Cloven hoof

The mark of Satan.  Synonym: cloven foot.
A hoof divided into two parts at its distal extremity (as of ruminants or swine).  Synonym: cloven foot.

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"Cloven hoof" Quotes from Famous Books

... selfish man is not often selfish to the woman whom he is in love with. While she excites these emotions, however he shows his cloven hoof to the rest of the household, he will not show it to her. And even when he ceases to be in love, if his wife has filled him with respect and admiration for her, he will hardly dare to exhibit his bad qualities. ...
— Three Things • Elinor Glyn

... mused to himself. Truly the wine had spoken plainly. The cloven hoof was clearly visible. It was not so much the congenial companion, the soul-mate which Robert Stafford saw in Virginia Blaine as it was a lovely young animal for the gratification of his lust, his appetites. What marriage, based on that idea, could ...
— Bought and Paid For - From the Play of George Broadhurst • Arthur Hornblow

... and slackened his trot, causing Hare to rein in and dismount. He lifted the right forefoot, the one the horse had favored, and found a stone imbedded tightly in the cloven hoof. He pried it out with his knife and mounted again. Wolf shone faintly far ahead, and presently he uttered a mournful cry which sent a chill to the rider's heart. The silence had been oppressive before; now it was terrible. It was not a silence of life. It had been broken ...
— The Heritage of the Desert • Zane Grey

Words linked to "Cloven hoof" :   hoof, brand, stigma, mark, cloven foot, stain

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