poisoned chalice

poisoned chalice
Poisoned chalice
If someone is given a poisoned chalice, they are given a job or task which appears attractive but is actually doomed to failure or beset with problems that will damage their reputation or harm them.

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  • poisoned chalice — noun An apparent gift or benefit that is likely to cause great trouble to the recipient • • • Main Entry: ↑poison * * * poisoned chalice chiefly Brit : something that seems attractive at first but becomes unpleasant Working as store manager was a …   Useful english dictionary

  • poisoned chalice — UK US noun [S] ► something that seems very good when it is received, but that in fact may be harmful to the person who receives it: »He is stepping into a job that many would regard as a poisoned chalice …   Financial and business terms

  • poisoned chalice — ► NOUN ▪ something offered which is apparently appealing or beneficial but which is likely to prove a source of problems to the recipient …   English terms dictionary

  • poisoned chalice — /pɔɪzənd ˈtʃæləs/ (say poyzuhnd chaluhs) noun a prized position, situation, award, etc., which immediately presents serious difficulties for the person or people who have attained it: the poisoned chalice of a difficult health portfolio …  

  • poisoned chalice — poi|soned chal|ice noun singular LITERARY a job or piece of work that will cause many problems for the person who is forced to do it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • poisoned chalice — noun an assignment or award which is likely to prove a source of problems to the recipient …   English new terms dictionary

  • poisoned chalice — UK [ˌpɔɪz(ə)nd ˈtʃælɪs] / US noun [singular] literary a job or piece of work that will cause many problems for the person who is forced to do it …   English dictionary

  • The Poisoned Chalice — Infobox Television episode Title = The Poisoned Chalice Series = Merlin Caption = Season = 1 Episode = 4 Guests = Michelle Ryan Nimueh Clive Russell Bayard Airdate = 11 October 2008 Runtime = 45 Minutes Production = 1.4 Writer = Ben Vanstone… …   Wikipedia

  • (a) poisoned chalice — a poisoned ˈchalice idiom (especially BrE) a thing that seems attractive when it is given to sb but which soon becomes unpleasant • He inherited a poisoned chalice when he took over the job as union leader. Main entry: ↑poisonidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) poisoned chalice — British something that harms the person it is given to although it seemed very good when they first got it. The leadership of the party turned out to be a poisoned chalice …   New idioms dictionary

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