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cloven hoof

noun
1.
the figurative indication of Satan or evil temptation.
Also called cloven foot.
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  • But the cloven hoof is shown by the omission from the patent of the usual legitimacy clause.

  • Monk saw, or thought he saw, the cloven hoof of the Sectaries.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • The footprint of a deer shows the cloven hoof, with a difference between the buck's and the doe's.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • There was a man with a cloven hoof, but then he was meant for the devil.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • He abandons England for a while, and now we get a glimpse of the cloven hoof in a casual reference to Hindus and Mahometans.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Yet you'd think he had a cloven hoof to hear some people talk.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • Despite the Oriental sandal which the cunning shoemaker had fashioned, his fellow-Jews saw the 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
  • She ought, and so ought Aunt Gerty, considering the trouble they both take to keep the cloven hoof of age off their faces.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • Her dread of the morning grew into the suspicion that her great fortune had a cloven hoof.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
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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