Harold, you see, was always what they used to call "a viper."
Of the actual duel between the Mountain and the viper, judging its accuracy is no easy matter.
A spring is compressed before it's released; the viper coils before it strikes.
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He was, he told Newsweek, "in the middle of the viper's pit."
If the controversy is without heat, there may be no viper to come forth and fasten upon the hand.
She was false to her finger-tips, a syren in cunning, a viper in venom.
In the majority of viper or adder bites the constitutional disturbance is slight and transient, if it appears at all.
You know what happened to the viper who bit the Cappadocian's hide?
There every one ought to know that the latter is harmless, and that it is easily distinguished from the viper, which is poisonous.
1520s, from Middle French vipere, from Latin vipera "viper, snake, serpent," from vivus "alive, living" (see vital) + parere "bring forth, bear" (see pare). It formerly was believed (mistakenly) that the viper does not lay eggs. Applied to persons of spiteful character since at least 1590s. The only venomous snake found in Great Britain. Replaced native adder. "The flesh of the viper was formerly regarded as possessing great nutritive or restorative properties, and was frequently used medicinally" [OED]; hence viper wine, wine medicated with some kind of extract from vipers, used 17c. by "gray-bearded gallants" in a bid "to feele new lust, and youthfull flames agin."
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