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kiss of death

A kiss on the cheek that signifies the death of the receiver, as delivered by a mob boss or one with such influence.

Etymology:

  • Biblical: Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'kiss of death':

kiss of deathSomething that may seem good and favourable but that actually brings ruin to hopes, plans, etc.
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