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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cloven Foot.
 
To show the cloven foot, i.e. to show a knavish intention, a base motive. The allusion is to Satan, represented with the legs and feet of a goat; and, however he might disguise himself, he could never conceal his cloven feet. (See BAG O’ NAILS, GOAT.)   1
        “Real grief little influenced its composition and the cloven foot peeps out in some letters written by him at the period.”—St. James’s Magazine.
 


 Clouded Cane (A).Clover. 

 
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