fear the Greeks bearing gifts

beware (or fear) the Greeks bearing gifts proverb if a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the warning given by Laocoön to the Trojans in Virgil's Aeneid, against admitting the wooden horse to Troy.]
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