poacher turned gamekeeper

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poacher turned gamekeeper (plural poachers turned gamekeepers)

  1. (idiomatic) A person who now works against the same people they once supported.
    • 1938, The Strand Magazine[1], volume 95, page 373:
      When President Roosevelt appointed Kennedy to the Securities Exchange Commission, he was acting on the "poacher turned gamekeeper" principle.