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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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 The siren song of a big glass of wine, or a bag of irresistible Hot Cheetos, or a plate of fried rice, is often too much for us mere mortals to resist. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 'My Organs Vs. Me' Meme Understands Your Struggle to Do Your Body Right," 21 Mar. 2018 Mesa1 is one of the latest in a handful of restaurants around the world to bank on that siren song of exclusivity: If there’s only one table, everyone wants to sit at it. Diana Spechler, Esquire, "How to Get a Table at the World's Most Exclusive Restaurants," 2 Mar. 2018 Take the Mango and Arugula Salad, a siren song of greens if there ever was one. Debbi Snook,, "Turn Bar and Kitchen, the chic new face at Ritz-Carlton Cleveland (review, photos)," 9 Feb. 2018

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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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