poisoned chalice

Definition of poisoned chalice

chiefly British

  1. :  something that seems attractive at first but becomes unpleasant For her, working as store manager was a poisoned chalice as it became more and more difficult to be the boss of her friends.

Word by Word Definitions

poisonplay poisoned
  1. :  a substance that through its chemical action usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism

    :  something destructive or harmful

    :  an object of aversion or abhorrence

  1. :  to injure or kill with poison

    :  to treat, taint, or impregnate with or as if with poison

    :  to exert a baneful influence on :  corrupt

  1. :  poisonous, venomous

    :  impregnated with poison :  poisoned

  1. :  a drinking cup :  goblet

    :  the eucharistic cup

    :  the cup-shaped interior of a flower

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