siren song

noun

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 If the protesters are sending out a siren song, some American officials and lawmakers are answering it, eager to show their commitment to the cause. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Call for U.S. Help. China Sees a Conspiracy.," 3 Nov. 2019 This is especially perilous because of the siren song of a general withdrawal from the world. Elbridge Colby, National Review, "A Republican Foreign Policy," 5 Dec. 2019 If the protesters are sending out a siren song, some US officials and lawmakers are answering it, eager to show their commitment to the cause. BostonGlobe.com, "Along with allowing for sanctions, the legislation requires the State Department to review each year whether Hong Kong is still autonomous enough to qualify for the benefits of the 1992 Hong Kong Policy Act, which grants the city a trade and economic status different from that of mainland China.," 4 Nov. 2019 William Corriveau plays the practical lawyer, Porter Milgrim, who isn’t immune to fame’s siren song. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "'Deathtrap’ Opens At The Bradley Playhouse," 4 Oct. 2019 When summer’s in swing, generations of vacationers hear the siren song of coastal Rovinj, less than an hour’s drive south on the Istrian peninsula. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019 But the siren song of an oversize single lens reflex (SLR) camera proved difficult to resist. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "What is the best camera for a family vacation? The one you have with you in the moment," 15 July 2019 Americans against the illiberal siren song, but the norm-watching political scientist in him can’t help being worried. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘The People vs. Democracy,’ Trump Is Just One Populist Among Many," 14 Mar. 2018 Soon, bristles also succumbed to the siren song of synthetics. National Geographic, "How your toothbrush became a part of the plastic crisis," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of siren song

1568, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Siren song.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/siren%20song. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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siren song

noun

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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