plant dragons teeth

sow dragon's teeth = plant dragon's teeth

take action that is intended to prevent trouble, but which actually brings it about

In Greek legend, Cadmus killed a dragon and sowed its teeth which sprang up as armed men. These men then killed one another, leaving just five survivors who became the ancestors of the Thebans.


chase the dragon

take heroin (sometimes mixed with another smokable drug) by heating it in tinfoil and inhaling the fumes through a tube or roll of paper.

Chase the dragon is reputedly a | translation from Chinese. The expression apparently refers to the undulating movements of the fumes up and down the tinfoil, resembling those of the tail of a dragon, a creature found in many Chinese myths.

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