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A Latin proverb about holding a wolf by the ears and about danger. "Latin proverbs and expressions in 30 seconds or less" is a quick way of learning clever expressions to sprinkle your Latin conversations with. For more information about the proverb, how to use it and maybe some curiosities, visit: https://www.latinitium.com/latinprove...
1. AURIBUS TENEO LUPUMIt might seem odd to say that you’re "holding a wolf by the ears," but auribus teneo lupum--a line taken from Phormio (c.161BC), a work by the Roman playwright Terence—was once a popular proverb in Ancient Rome. Like "holding a tiger by the tail," it is used to describe an unsustainable situation, and in particular one in which both doing nothing and doing something to resolve it are equally risky.