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Judas kiss

A traitorous action disguised as a show of affection. The phrase alludes to the Biblical account of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, who kissed Jesus to identify him to the authorities arresting him. Don't try to be my friend now, it's just a Judas kiss! I know you're trying to get more information out of me so you can report it to the headmaster!
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kiss of death

An action, event, or association that causes inevitable ruin or failure. An allusion to Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus Christ, during which Judas kissed Jesus as a way of identifying him to those who would put him to death. The company's connection to the disgraced media mogul will likely prove to be its kiss of death. The president refused to stand by the senator during the crisis—essentially giving him the kiss of death.
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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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a Judas kiss

an act of betrayal, especially one disguised as a gesture of friendship.
Judas Iscariot was the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the authorities in return for thirty pieces of silver: ‘And he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast’ (Matthew 26:48).
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kiss of death

an action or event that causes certain failure for an enterprise.
This expression may refer to the kiss of betrayal given by Judas Iscariot to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:48–9).
1998 Spectator I commend the Commission's recent Green Paper and its efforts to introduce an enlightened, evolutionary discussion—although I hope my saying so will not be the kiss of death.
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kiss of death

n. the direct cause of the end of someone or something. Your attitude was the kiss of death for your employment here.
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For the artisans who created these papier-mache figures, or cartoneria, it was the Judases that comprised the bulk of their yearly production, and now many such workers were out of business for good.
Then, in the early 1950s, family friend Pablo Salinas took a batch of colorful Judases to sell on the street.
He is another in a line of Judases to know Diana, and has sold his soul for a sordid book contract worth a lot more than thirty pieces of silver.
In no time, the Judases mingle with and thoroughly sterilize the pestilence carriers, saving the children before their own congenital time bombs go off.
There are more pressing problems to address in Scotland today - the whole country was sold 300 years ago by Scottish Judases and these types of people are still doing it at the present time.
MANY African-Americans called the handful of blacks who publicly supported the ``California Civil Rights Initiative,'' which bars affirmative action in state programs, racial Judases.
These political Judases do not seem to realise that the gradual dismantling of the health service, the hospital closures and sackings of nurses and health workers, contributes to the disillusion rampant among Labour voters.
I forgive all those who have injured me by lying and falsely testifying against me-the convicts and others like Ronnie Dayan, Joenel Sanchez and Raffy Ragos, the Judases in my life,' De Lima said in a handwritten note dated April 10.
I'M all for giving Judases stick but I'm slightly confused as to why Leeds fans intend to make Rio Ferdinand's life hell today when Manchester United turn up at Elland Road.
But the mood turned tense when some of those present accused Fuentes, Sigua and Espinosa of being the Judases of the group.
Were I a Leeds fan though I would turn those accusations around, and ask why a team which reached the Champions League semi-finals a few years ago is no longer good enough to hold on to these Judases.
Brizuela and another author, Councilor Rey Oliver Alejandrino, reacted by asking the bishop who between the two Judases in the Bible they had been likened to: "Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, or Judas Thaddeus, patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes?
That the Richards have turned into Dicks while the Judies have all become Judases.
It is not how many pieces of silver they pick up which sets this current breed apart, it is the fact that they act like Judases to betray their colleagues, the paying public and, ultimately, themselves.
Yesterday John Regan, of the Independent Newcastle United Supporters Association, said: "They are both Judases.