Greek gift


Greek gift
   a present with dire consequences
   A throwback to the Trojan Horse and Virgil's timeo Daneos et dona ferentes:
    The control France was granted [by Hitler] over her navy also proved a Greek gift. (Ousby, 1997 — on 2 and 6 July 1940 Churchill convinced the world that Britain would not surrender by ordering the destruction of major elements of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir after it had refused to continue the fight against Germany or take refuge in a neutral port)

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