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
Recent Examples on the Web Understandably, the promise of shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair is basically a siren song to me. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Is $400, and It's Actually Worth It," 24 Feb. 2021 Familiarity with water—and hence with fluidity and transformation—belongs, alongside their siren song, at the heart of the mermaid’s allure as a figure of desire. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, "Splash," 9 Mar. 2021 The mountains are calling, but the siren song has been especially dangerous this year. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "Deadly avalanche season imperils skiers, snowboarders: ‘Everywhere is sketch’," 8 Mar. 2021 Yes, there’s always the siren song of the three starches of the current apocalypse -- potatoes, pasta, and fresh-baked sourdough bread -- or perhaps something with just a little more nutritional integrity like chili, chowders, and casseroles. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Porotos Ganados, Moqueca Bahaina, Carapulcra and more: Stews full of comfort from South America," 14 Jan. 2021 The siren song of snow drew so many San Diegans to the East County mountains Tuesday that traffic backups led officials to close Interstate 8 exits to the road into Mt. Laguna. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Snow’s siren call leads to hours-long traffic waits on San Diego mountain highway," 29 Dec. 2020 There’s more to it than that, of course, including how to actually resist the siren song of should. Anna Borges, SELF, "The 13 Best Mental Health Tips I’ve Learning While Reporting Through the Pandemic," 28 Dec. 2020 Republicans now tempted by the siren song of hard-line austerity politics would do well to keep that in mind. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The GOP Should Think Twice before Returning to Austerity Politics," 8 Dec. 2020 The hum and pop of AM radio has proved as enduringly irresistible a siren song as Harwell’s vivid calls over time. Phil Rosenthal,, "Column: Len Kasper reflects on leaving Chicago Cubs TV after 16 seasons for White Sox radio. ‘This is the mountain I really want to climb.’," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of siren song

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of siren song was in 1568

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4 Apr 2021

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“Siren song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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