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not alert to danger or deception


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A low grunt was his only response, and a moment later he had leaped nimbly upon a small and unwary rodent that had been surprised at a fatal distance from its burrow.
[5] I was interested by finding here the hollow conical pitfall of the lion-ant, or some other insect; first a fly fell down the treacherous slope and immediately disappeared; then came a large but unwary ant; its struggles to escape being very violent, those curious little jets of sand, described by Kirby and Spence
There is quite a concert of noises; the great bull-dog, chained against the stables, is thrown into furious exasperation by the unwary approach of a cock too near the mouth of his kennel, and sends forth a thundering bark, which is answered by two fox- hounds shut up in the opposite cow-house; the old top-knotted hens, scratching with their chicks among the straw, set up a sympathetic croaking as the discomfited cock joins them; a sow with her brood, all very muddy as to the legs, and curled as to the tail, throws in some deep staccato notes; our friends the calves are bleating from the home croft; and, under all, a fine ear discerns the continuous hum of human voices.
The tenants of the lake were far-famed for both their quantities and their quality, and the ice had hardly disappeared before numberless little boats were launched from the shores, and the lines of the fishermen were dropped into the inmost recesses of its deepest caverns, tempting the unwary animals with every variety of bait that the ingenuity or the art of man had invented.
He kills wantonly, and, worse than that, he utilizes a noble sentiment, the brotherhood of man, as a lure to entice his unwary victim to his doom.
Here we find Nietzsche confronted with his extreme opposite, with him therefore for whom he is most frequently mistaken by the unwary. "Zarathustra's ape" he is called in the discourse.
"Thank you, I prefer spiders," she replied, fishing up two unwary little ones who had gone to a creamy death.
During the nesting season, until their chicks are old enough to fly away, they can be an unpleasant presence in urban areas where they may attack anyone who ventures near their beloved offspring, and for unwary holidaymakers they elicit scenes from the horror film The Birds as they swoop down and snatch ice creams or burgers from unwary hands.
UNWARY footballing know-alls may be caught out by the question: which club, Birmingham City or Tottenham Hotspur, have won the most major honours in the last ten years?
A THERE are many copycat sites offering "official" Estas, with pages cleverly designed to trap the unwary into paying a hefty extra charge on top of the usual price for a range of unnecessary services.
Consumers were warned to beef up online security as hackers prepare to plunder PS700million from unwary shoppers through internet scams, fake websites and targeting weak passwords.
A NEW email scam is going the rounds that could trap the unwary because of its fear factor.
One example: the pedestrian crossing by the library at Weoley Castle could trap the unwary, especially a non-swimmer, because the first couple of feet is designed for our web-footed friends.
From questionable advances in the field of food additives, to a craze for highly flammable celluloid jewellery, many new innovations posed an unexpected threat for the unwary.
The Governor described the cowardly terrorist attack as a new phenomenon meant to exercise violence and terrify unwary people inside mosques.