poison pill


: a financial tactic or provision used by a company to make an unwanted takeover prohibitively expensive or less desirable

Examples of poison pill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Trump is off and running, his empire built on a poison pill. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 May 2024 The Ohio Senate passed a bill, but only after adding what Democrats viewed as a poison pill that would have banned foreign nationals from contributing to campaigns for or against ballot measures. Jonathan Entin, The Conversation, 15 May 2024 If Republicans move ahead with political amendments or measures that weaken the bill, known as poison pills, the minority party won't provide the votes when Johnson needs them, according to roughly a dozen Democrats familiar with the situation. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 19 Apr. 2024 The outlet reported that Yao was accused of giving Yao a bottle with 30 probiotic pills and one poison pill. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 Littering appropriations bills with culture-war poison pills — as House Republicans had done in versions of spending legislation last year — would have doomed its chances of passage. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Every now and then, science serves up poison pills. Kc Cole, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 That comes with a backside poison pill of potentially losing their franchise quarterback via free agency in 2025. Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Feb. 2024 His poison pill restriction already complicates matters. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poison pill was in 1983

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“Poison pill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20pill. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

poison pill

poi·​son pill
: a financial tactic or provision used by a company to make an unwanted takeover prohibitively expensive or less desirable
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