kiss of death

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

Etymology:

  • Biblical: Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss.
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The role in the soap opera was the kiss of death for Ann's career as a theatrical actress.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'kiss of death':

kiss of deathA kiss on the cheek that signifies the death of the receiver, as delivered by a mob boss or one with such influence.
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  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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