To show the cloven foot
Cloven Clo"ven (kl[=o]"v'n), p. p. & a. from {Cleave}, v. t. [1913 Webster]

{To show the cloven foot} or {To show the cloven hoof}, to reveal a devilish character, or betray an evil purpose, notwithstanding disguises, -- Satan being represented dramatically and symbolically as having cloven hoofs. [1913 Webster]


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