back-stabbing

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back-stabbing

n
(Sociology) actions or remarks that are treacherous and likely to cause harm to a person, esp a friend or colleague
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The party is out of touch with the hopes and aspirations of Britons, who deserve far better than a bunch of back-stabbers and betrayers.
They were the so-called back-stabbers who prevented Germany from being great again.
Pre-coup these benches were filled with sullen back-stabbers.
He's not the only caller getting it as James Hamilton, Cardonald, called in to vent: "Joe Wilson from Spean Bridge asked what would back-stabbers say about Deila if he wins the Double?
Consequently, the nation does not have any choice other than starting a united and decisive campaign against these rulers, who have proved themselves to be inefficient, traitors and back-stabbers, as well as the cat's paw of their foreign masters i.
Director Chris Casello made the very astute move of emphasizing comedic timing, understanding that if the characters were to come across like the corporate back-stabbers of television's "Mad Men,'' it would ruin the lighthearted, amiable nature of the story.
Iwas having a heavy, naturally, in this old Glasgow pub over the weekend, when who should I see but Nick sipping a Scotch in a corner, far away from the back-stabbers at the Lib-Dem Conference.
Its finalists, a cup-cake entrepreneur and an A&E doctor wasting a state-funded education to enter the naff botox field to aid the ugly, were back-stabbers interested solely in making mega-bucks.
Eternal and infernal, politics is false promises based on false premises, and false choices based on false voices; while politicians are euphonious phonies, impostors who posture, bandits backed by pundits, and back-stabbers disguised as backslappers.
Yet now many of those who owe Blair their careers are unmasked as back-stabbers.
Friends are back-stabbers and strangers become friends.