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snake bite
 v.— «Though his two accomplices have long since been paroled, and a past Oregon governor decided Burns was rehabilitated, California wants Burns to serve out the rest of his life sentence for the 1963 slaying of an officer after a bank robbery. “After 27 years, I couldn’t believe California would snake-bite me again,” Burns said from behind the glass of the visiting room in the Lane County jail in Eugene.» —“Criminal past returns to haunt sickly ex-con, 70, after 27 years; California wants him to finish term” by Jeff Barnard San Diego Union-Tribune (California) Jan. 29, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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