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cloven hoof

the figurative indication of Satan or evil temptation.
Also called cloven foot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the cloven hoof is shown by the omission from the patent of the usual legitimacy clause.

  • Monk saw, or thought he saw, the cloven hoof of the Sectaries.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • The footprint of a deer shows the cloven hoof, with a difference between the buck's and the doe's.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • There was a man with a cloven hoof, but then he was meant for the devil.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • He abandons England for a while, and now we get a glimpse of the cloven hoof in a casual reference to Hindus and Mahometans.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Yet you'd think he had a cloven hoof to hear some people talk.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • Despite the Oriental sandal which the cunning shoemaker had fashioned, his fellow-Jews saw the cloven hoof.

  • And, at this point, he was enough of a theologian to remember that once a man sees the Divil's cloven hoof he is not lost yet.

    The Hills of Desire Richard Aumerle Maher
  • She ought, and so ought Aunt Gerty, considering the trouble they both take to keep the cloven hoof of age off their faces.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • Let a crisis arise, and you never know who may not surprise and horrify you by showing the cloven hoof.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for cloven hoof

cloven hoof

the divided hoof of a pig, goat, cow, deer, or related animal, which consists of the two middle digits of the foot
the mark or symbol of Satan
Derived Forms
cloven-hoofed, cloven-footed, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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