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kiss of death

noun
1.
a fatal or destructive relationship or action:
The support of the outlawed group was the kiss of death to the candidate.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for kiss-death

kiss of death

noun
1.
an act or relationship that has fatal or disastrous consequences
Word Origin
from Judas' kiss that betrayed Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:44–45)
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Slang definitions & phrases for kiss-death

kiss of death

noun phrase

The reason something will end or die; something causing ruin: Interviewing with them could be the kiss of death


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with kiss-death

kiss of death

An action or relationship that is ultimately ruinous. For example, Some regard a royal divorce as a kiss of death to the monarchy. This term alludes to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, who kissed him as a way of identifying him to the soldiers who came to arrest him (Matthew 26: 47–49). It dates only from about 1940 but was previously called a Judas kiss.
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