Foxes have had a bad press due to their apparent wiliness.  Whether justified or not, this alliterative allusion deserves to enter common usage. Please, next time you refer to someone as fickle, use this vulpine simile. 

‘… as fickle as a fox.’ 

See Thoreau’s observations on this maligned creature, and a snow-soft, steel-toothed fox in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

Source: Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, introduction by Anthony Burgess (London: Vintage Books, 1998), p. 160

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