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poison-pen letter

noun
1.
a letter written in malice, usually anonymously, and intended to abuse, frighten, or insult the recipient
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poison-pen letter

noun phrase

A malicious anonymous letter; an obscene crank letter (1929+)


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Idioms and Phrases with poison-pen letter
A letter, usually anonymous, that makes malicious statements about the recipient or a third party. For example, She told the police about the poison-pen letters, but they said they couldn't pursue the matter. [ Early 1900s ]
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