a poisoned chalice

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.
See also: poison
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Moss was appointed to a poisoned chalice when it comes to Chelsea - not the easiest team to control.
Pretty invader is a poisoned chalice 6 This plant started growing last year in an old pot, and I have no idea where it's come from.
Equal ops law encourages fear AS a trade unionist I welcomed the race relations and equal opportunities legislation, but soon realised it was a poisoned chalice that created more of a compensation culture than it did equality and gradually started to promote out of fear and not merit.
The Hartlepool job is a poisoned chalice and any manager would come to the same sticky end.
McLean realises that such a high profile case is a poisoned chalice and that becomes clearer when those in theshadows of power attempt to manipulate and influence the outcome.
It is probably a bit of a poisoned chalice, the manager's job, same as in England as well.
It has been said the Hearts job is a poisoned chalice.
The attempts largely failed making the job of CEO of HP a poisoned chalice that few managers would want to tarnish their careers with.
The 39-year-old archaeological consultant said: "It's a bit of a poisoned chalice the England job especially at the minute.
SIR - Regarding the offer of head coach of the British and Irish Lions to current Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, it is my view that this role would be a poisoned chalice for Mr Gatland.
The marriage-ruining England leftback spot has become a poisoned chalice and Bridge clearly realised it was sensible to get out before the curse did him any more damage.
To say we will inherit a poisoned chalice if we win the general election is putting it mildly.
THE Fat Controller's plan to take cabinet meetings on tour - a gimmick stolen from Scottish first minister Alex Salmond who has already dragged his minions toDumfries, giving new meaning to the phrase Edinburgh Fringe - is a last desperate attempt to swap a poisoned chalice for a china tea service.
Mr Blair realises a job in Brussels is not a poisoned chalice, but a very lucrative gravy train.
With the England job, it is one that has a high profile, and can be a poisoned chalice.