siren song


Definition of siren song

: an alluring utterance or appeal especially : one that is seductive or deceptive

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Examples of siren song in a Sentence

the opportunity for fame and fortune is the siren song that has long lured the ambitious to the big city

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The lumpy, grey compression socks call my name like a mermaid’s taunting siren song to a weary sailor. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 Jonas, too, was not immune to the siren song of #brands. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The controversy over Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Here, our 11 favorite places to throw down a towel and enjoy the city’s multiple beach personalities, from the siren song of South Beach to private beach clubs on Mid-Beach and on to nature and bike trails along Key Biscayne. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beaches in Miami," 12 June 2018 Amika doesn’t rely on the marketing siren song of exotic ingredients. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Meet Your New Favorite Curl Products," 25 Apr. 2018 As seen in the case of Zayn, boyfriends of lovers of tiny sunglasses are not immune to their siren song. Julie Ma, The Cut, "10 Times Celebrities Wore Tiny Sunglasses," 8 Feb. 2018 Are there really no safeguards against Trump being seduced by the siren song of flattery? Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The details of how Michael Wolff penetrated the White House are the most damning of all," 17 Jan. 2018 There was no word on (a) whether the creature had been lured by the siren song of Yoplait, and (b) whether the sergeant used the hold-the-skunk-by-the-tail technique, which an animal control officer once told us prevents spraying. Emily Sweeney,, "Saving the world, one skunk at a time," 20 Apr. 2018 Orban's detractors warn that the siren song of his populism is sending his country on a perilous course. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "How Viktor Orban became the real threat to the West," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of siren song

1568, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of siren song

: something that is very appealing and makes you want to go somewhere or do something but that may have bad results

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