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cloven hoof

noun
1.
the figurative indication of Satan or evil temptation.
Also called cloven foot.
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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

noun
1.
the divided hoof of a pig, goat, cow, deer, or related animal, which consists of the two middle digits of the foot
2.
the mark or symbol of Satan
Derived Forms
cloven-hoofed, cloven-footed, adjective
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