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as in:  that person is a chameleon

How many other roles in my life had this chameleon played?
Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
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chameleon chameleonic
A  "chameleon" is also a kind of lizard that can change its colors.
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  • How many other roles in my life had this chameleon played?
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • But Lalla could never be just a mother; that seemed to be only one muscle in her chameleon nature, which had too many other things to reflect.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Of course, Reyna understood why her sister was such a chameleon.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • There is a lizard called the chameleon that, as you probably know, can change color instantly to blend into its surroundings.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window

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  • I fell asleep, my mind lit up by the chameleon-like flickering of the dying dorado.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I shook my head and chuckled to myself at Gordon’s chameleon-like personality.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Or I’d cut up fruit for Methuselah, still hanging around begging, and catch grasshoppers for Leon, the chameleon we keep in a wooden crate.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men’s coveralls, but after her five o’clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He seemed to have become a human chameleon.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It struck Lacy that she didn’t really know what color a chameleon was before it started changing.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • The people who worked here followed the ancient custom of nature, whereby the ptarmigan is the color of dead leaves in the fall and of snow in the winter, and the chameleon, who is black when he lies upon a stump and turns green when he moves to a leaf.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • You chameleon!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Excellent, i’ faith; of the chameleon’s dish: I eat the air, promise-crammed: you cannot feed capons so.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • He found Francisco the Man, like a monolithic chameleon, sitting in the midst of a circle of bystanders.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A chameleon perched on Jim’s nose.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • She strained her eyes; but the figures she had momentarily caught sight of merged chameleon-like into the background of lush-growing reeds.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Ay, but hearken, sir; though the chameleon Love can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals, and would fain have meat.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • A small orange-colored reptile, of the lizard or chameleon species, chanced to be creeping along the path, just at the feet of Beatrice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Darkness and chameleon-polymer hulls had hidden them we!!
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You are a chameleon, and now you are at your worst colour.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • I’m a chameleon, designed to fit a flexible mold.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He walked through the world like a chameleon.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • It’s being a chameleon.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Be what they want you to be — be the chameleon!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He was interested in whether McGovern of Minnesota would make the first or second All-American, how to do the card-pass, how to do the coin-pass, chameleon ties, how babies were born, and whether Three-fingered Brown was really a better pitcher than Christie Mathewson.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • …printed in a magazine; and I, a child standing close beside that door because I was afraid to be there but more afraid to leave it, standing motionless beside that door as though trying to make myself blend with the dark wood and become invisible, like a chameleon, listening to the living spirit, presence, of that house, since some of Ellen’s life and breath had now gone into it as well as his, breathing away in a long neutral sound of victory and despair, of triumph and terror too.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Years of learning how to be a chameleon, switching skins between cultures.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • For it was natural to suppose, supposed Eugene, that the solidest of artists were chameleons.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • A chameleon ran up a leaf, and held there panting.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Geyer found Holmes to be smooth and glib, a social chameleon.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • His fame was chameleon, but its fruit and triumph lay at home, among the people of Altamont.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The baby followed his mother in this flash of her coloring like a chameleon following the light.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • A chameleon.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • I remembered the first day I’d come to Forks High School—how desperately I’d wished that I could turn gray, fade into the wet concrete of the sidewalk like an oversized chameleon.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • …dweller in the silent and most secret places, well-omened, and gentle, all-knowing, swift as thought, wearer of skulls, possessed of power, the twilight, invincible leader, pitiful one, opener of the way before those lost, granter of favors, teacher, valor in the form of woman, chameleon-hearted, practitioner of austerities, magician, pariah, deathless and eternal … Âryatarabhattarikanamashtottarasatakastotra (36-40) From Hellwell to Heaven he went, there to commune with the gods.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Along the way they stopped to look at snakes, bullfrogs, chameleons, raccoons, opossums, turtles, ducks, herons, two bald eagles, an otter, and (by Roy’s count) nineteen alligators.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • When Deo wasn’t carrying food, he was herding cows with his grandfather, sleeping on beds of banana leaves under the stars, wary of the dangerous snakes — cobras and mambas, adders, vipers, and asps — and frightened routinely by the harmless chameleons camouflaged in the leaves, which at first touch felt like snakes.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • …mystic allusions, mistaken identities, arguing his father is his mother, that sort of thing; intimations of suicide, forgoing of exercise, loss of mirth, hints of claustrophobia not to say delusions of imprisonment; invocations of camels, chameleons, capons, whales, weasels, hawks, handsaws-riddles, quibbles and evasions; amnesia, paranoia, myopia; day-dreaming, hallucinations; stabbing his elders, abusing his parents, insulting his lover, and appearing hatless in public-knock-kneed,…
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The last time my father had talked to her, he had suggested to us that maybe all was not perfect in paradise, that he couldn’t understand how she had the lousy luck and poor misfortune to keep winding up with men who changed like chameleons as soon as the marriage vows were spoken.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • "Or maybe it can disguise itself — pretend to be a suit of armor or something — I’ve read about Chameleon Ghouls —"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It’s a chameleon," Lex said.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Chameleon.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • " James Merrick, "The Chameleon," 11.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • ] Out, thou chameleon harlot! now thine eyes Vie tears with the hyaena.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • So the Chameleon retreats to another disguise.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Chameleon? … They sure did and not without cause, as they say.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Give him leave, madam; he is a kind of chameleon.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • We went and found the chameleon all on our own.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She was a chameleon.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Until then the Chameleon had to build several covers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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