A short sharp simile to describe a woman feeling harrassed by an apparently favourable comment on her appearance: ‘Oh, how ravishing you are!’ 

“Ah, comme vous êtes ravissante!” She felt like a race horse with one hoof in quicksand.

She clearly saw it as an unwelcome and predatory remark.

Source: Lajos Zilahy, The Dukays, trans. John Pauker (London: Prion, 2001), p. 395

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