grass snake

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grass snake either of two North American chiefly insectivorous snakes that are green in color
    • n grass snake any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakes
    • n grass snake harmless European snake with a bright yellow collar; common in England
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grass snake (Zoöl) The common English, or ringed, snake (Tropidonotus natrix).
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Idioms

Snake in the grass - Someone who is a snake in the grass betrays you even though you have trusted them.
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Usage

In literature:

How I hate a snake in the grass.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
Where is Grass Snake?
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
He crouched in terror while four feet of grass-snake undulated by.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
To the reader of her life, who can see the snake lurking in the grass, her mirth is more tragical than her grief.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The "Grass Snake" is a common snake of the northeastern states.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
I call this a sort of snake-in-the-grass proceeding!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
As the swift shadow hovered over the grass-tops, the snake looked up.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The sparrows darted about and through the grass and weeds, trying to beat the snake off.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
The sound was a soft hissing, as though a tiny snake might be hidden in the grass at their feet.
"The Windy Hill" by Cornelia Meigs
Snake in the grass is nothing to Dud Fielding on the boil.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
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In poetry:

Snakes are Poor Denizens of Hell
Have come surreptitioning
Through the tall grass
To face the pool of clear frogs
"2nd Chorus Mexico City Blues" by Jack Kerouac
Black-headed snakes in the grass
Struck at the fleet-footed lord—
Still is his voice at the pass,
Soundless his step at the ford.
"Aboriginal Death Song" by Henry Kendall
The land was not a land like ours—
From shingly mounds, and holes of hiding,
Leaving their trail on grass and flowers,
Snakes, many-hued, were often gliding.
"The Black Snakes" by Janet Hamilton
The brown grasshoppers rasp and bound
Mid weeds and briers that hedge it round;
And in its grass-grown ruts,—where stirs
The harmless snake,—mole-crickets sound
Their faery dulcimers.
"The Old" by Madison Julius Cawein
The Censor is a hooded snake
That lurks within the grass,
And rears to sink his poison-fangs
In heedless babes that pass -
Dear Children of my brain; wee, tender things,
That sink and swoon and perish when he stings.
"The Censor" by C J Dennis

In news:

Political times usually bring some snakes out of the grass that suddenly become church-attending saints.
A Snake in the Grass .
Which means you've probably avoided motorcycles despite their stellar fuel economy, small footprint and ability to weave through traffic like a snake through grass.
A smooth green snake, Opheodrys vernalis, moved quietly through the grass at Chautauqua Park, away from a cluster of people assembled for a picnic.
"Snake in the Grass " Saukees relishing role as Giant Killers.
Is Big Green's carbon tax a snake in the 'fiscal cliff's' grass .
A 10-foot-long snake was found in the grass near the edge of the commercial ramp at the airport Thursday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.
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