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kiss of death

Definition of kiss of death

  1. :  something (as an act or association) ultimately causing ruin



Origin and Etymology of kiss of death

from the kiss with which Judas betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:44–46)


First Known Use: 1943

Rhymes with kiss of death

Ashtoreth, baby's breath, crystal meth, hold one's breath, in one breath, isopleth, life-and-death, living death, megadeath, morning breath, out of breath, shibboleth, sudden death, waste one's breath, wrongful death


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