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Something that initially appears to be good, wholesome, or positive, but is really harmful. Primarily heard in UK. We thought the change in leadership was going to have a positive effect on the organization, but it turned out to be 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.