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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the kiss of death

COMMON If an event or action is the kiss of death for something, it is certain to cause that thing to fail or be ruined. The conventional view of the timber industry is that it is the kiss of death for a rainforest. Living with other painters is the kiss of death. Note: This expression refers to the Bible story of how Judas betrayed Jesus by kissing him. This identified Jesus to the Romans, and led to his arrest and crucifixion.
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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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the kiss of ˈdeath

(informal, often humorous) an action or event that seems good, but is certain to make something else fail: When the chairman said he had every confidence in me, I knew it was the kiss of death. A week later I was looking for another job.
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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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Mr Bigley's brother claimed Mr Blair's silence was the kiss of death.
If I fall/Live at The Scala Aqualung (B-Unique) *** Launching a musical career off the back of a car advert can be a kiss of death but with the success of Aqualung's eponymous debut album, Matt Hales has escaped being trapped as a one hit wonder.
MARK JOHNSTON was worried that upbeat press coverage of his first-day runners at Glorious Goodwood might prove the kiss of death, but he was contentedness itself after a one-two in the 14-furlong handicap crowned a memorable day following his earlier win with Bandari, writes Tony Smurthwaite.
The kiss of death was the awarding of the Grand Prize for painting at the 1966 Venice Biennale to Argentinean artist Julio Le Parc, followed two years later by Nicolas Schoffer winning the prize for sculpture: Through the official success of these two mediocre artists (though it should be said that Le Parc did produce some interesting work at the very beginning of his career), kineticism came to be seen as an art of gadgetry.
The kiss of death is shifting three time zones," says Kass.
Assistant Attorney General John Gaguine has promised to appeal, noting that the "compelling interest" standard set by Michalski is so difficult to meet as to be a legal kiss of death.
Any talk of increasing either the occupancy tax or the city income tax will be a kiss of death.
Being boring is the kiss of death in terms of keeping teens on websites.
CORRIE killer Tony Gordon is the kiss of death for his rivals - but Street crimper Natasha Blakeman is none the wiser.
What is the kiss of death is the poison pouring out against him from within his own party.
The dignity and gravitas which have made him a highly-respected figure in national life spell the kiss of death for the kind of confessional autobiography that makes for a really good read.
The 27-year-old said: "I don't want to finish top as that seems to be the kiss of death for your chances of going further.
Will & Grace' alone should make the argument that gay characters are by no means the kiss of death for a show,'' said Robert Thompson, head of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University.
Mick McCarthy has been named Nationwide First Division Manager of the Month for March - and the Sunderland boss is keeping his fingers crossed the award does not put the kiss of death on Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, writes James Hunter.
Lets just hope this article has given him the kiss of death.