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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. 2018.
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  • The cloven hoof of the Socialist peeps out from a little group.

  • I was almost happy; the cloven hoof had peeped so damningly out.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • I played with her, but her young keenness detected the cloven hoof of duty.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • He had bat-like wings, a tail, and on one foot was a cloven hoof.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • Monk saw, or thought he saw, the cloven hoof of the Sectaries.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • There was a man with a cloven hoof, but then he was meant for the devil.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • Yet you'd think he had a cloven hoof to hear some people talk.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • It portrays Swift in a priest's vestments that barely conceal a 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
  • But the cloven hoof is shown by the omission from the patent of the usual legitimacy clause.

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
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