We all know that good looking women are described as “foxy”.
But foxes, with their rusty color and reputation for craftiness, can be used in many other colorful, unique, and descriptive expressions.
For example, “A fox’s sleep” is when one feigns indifference while keeping a close eye on someone.
“A wise fox will never rob his neighbor’s hen-roost”, meaning a thief should steal from people far from home so as not to get caught.
There’s my personal favorite, “I gave him a flap with a fox-tail,” which means that I made a fool of someone.
“To set a fox to keep the geese” would be someone who trusts those who should clearly not be trusted with important tasks.
If it’s a case of “the fox and the grapes”, then someone really wants something, can’t obtain it, so they pretend they never wanted it in the first place.
And of course, there’s the often relevant “when a fox preaches, take care of your geese.”
So, go off and flap someone with a fox-tail… or just try and work one of these expressions into your next short story!
… Apollo Theater, Ms. Brown had the limo pull to a stop before a 100-foot-long ”Chyna Doll” billboard, featuring a very foxy Foxy, clad only in a blue feather bikini. … (www.nytimes.com)