kiss of death

kiss of death
noun
something that is ruinous
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if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career

Hypernyms: ↑calamity, ↑catastrophe, ↑disaster, ↑tragedy, ↑cataclysm

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Etymology: so called from the betraying kiss with which Judas pointed out Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14: 44-45)
: an act or association ultimately causing ruin

track bucks baseball but this need not be the automatic kiss of death — Tommy O'Brien

for an American to offer … friendship meant the kiss of death — for the Russian — Gouverneur Paulding

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a fatal or destructive relationship or action: The support of the outlawed group was the kiss of death to the candidate.
[1945-50]

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kiss of death noun (informal)
Something that causes failure, destruction, etc
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Main Entry:kiss

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kiss of death UK US noun [singular]
something that causes something else to fail or to be unsuccessful
Thesaurus: miscellaneous bad thingshyponym disappointmentssynonym

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kiss of death,
a seemingly friendly act that leads to betrayal or misfortune.

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an action or event that causes certain failure for an enterprise

it would be the kiss of death for the company if it could be proved that the food was unsafe

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noun [singular]
: something that causes something to fail or be ruined
— usually used with the

Bad reviews can be the kiss of death for a new movie.


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