kiss of death


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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 the Roman soldiers and thus guaranteeing his 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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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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Kay Rousseau (Louise Lombard), centre, and Matt Costello (Danny Dyer) second from right, with their Kiss Of Death co-stars
Even before it was stuffed onto the St Leger card last Saturday, the Portland was another kiss of death for anything that ran at Doncaster before coming here, so fans of Dungannon will know where I suggest you put him.
It is because we perceive, and men don't, that she's one of the most overrated actors in the world, a woman who has been the kiss of death in practically every movie she has starred in.
For Kiss of Death they'd just draw dark circles under my eyes.
The performance in Kiss of Death won him an Academy Award nomination as supporting actor, his only mention for an Oscar.
Home Depot coming in was probably the kiss of death," remarked Botsaris.
For one thing, more public figures decide to come out on their own nowadays, leading more people to believe that being openly gay does not automatically mean the kiss of death for one's professional life.
The report from the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges shows that poorly written job applications can be the kiss of death.
It's a boon for us, too, for MMP is surely the kiss of death for any debutant and Villagers are too good a proposition to let go the way of Speech Debelle.
All this talk of Europe is going to give our chances of getting there the kiss of death.
Having previously backed Rod Richards in his travails it would seem that a vote of confidence from this column is akin to a football club chairman backing a losing manager - ie the kiss of death.
Moving to Erinsborough is like the kiss of death - as soon as you step into the fictional suburb, something goes horribly wrong.
She said: "This would be the best place to win my first event, but if you start to think about winning at this stage then it would be the kiss of death.
Mr Bigley's brother claimed Mr Blair's silence was the kiss of death.
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.