poison-pen letter

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poison-pen letter

A letter that contains malicious statements or accusations about the recipient or another party. Shortly after announcing his candidacy, he received an anonymous poison-pen letter attacking his platform.
See also: letter

poison-pen letter

A letter, usually anonymous, that makes malicious statements about the recipient or a third party. For example, She told the police about the poison-pen letters, but they said they couldn't pursue the matter . [Early 1900s]
See also: letter

a ˌpoison ˈpen letter

an unpleasant letter which is not signed and is intended to upset the person who receives it: Most politicians get poison pen letters, sometimes threatening their lives.
See also: letter, pen, poison
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Gerry McMurray wrote a series of poison pen letters from his prison cell branding his ex Heather Ratcliffe a liar despite similar evidence from his other victims.
Sidney's friend Amanda receives poison pen letters when at last she appears to be approaching matrimony.
Sickening poison pen letters have intensified the anguish for Coral Jones, whose little girl was snatched, sexually abused and then murdered.
When he speaks to Brooks the blacksmith, who also received those threatening poison pen letters, he thinks he's making a breakthrough in the case.
He denied racially aggravated harassment but was convicted by a jury of sending her a series of poison pen letters after discovering she was seeing Frank Olufemi.
It is a replacement to the poison pen letters in the post.
POISON pen letters were left in the lockers of striking factory staff slamming their union, and suggesting their industrial action would put more workers on the dole.
It related how Labour councillors and Labour party members in Beechwood have received extremely nasty poison pen letters from a source as yet unknown.
Donna Rayner, prosecuting, said Oakley's fingerprints had been found on envelopes containing the poison pen letters, and CCTV caught him in one of the graffiti incidents.
Ducie has been called "scum" and warned to leave the country in some of the poison pen letters.
He sent her a string of poison pen letters, pinned notes on her car and was found prowling near her new home.
But inmate Paul Hughes, 36, sent poison pen letters to Milly's family, claiming he was the killer - and that he would kill again.
This time, someone is sending poison pen letters to townspeople, which leads to the murder and apparent suicides of some well-known folk.
He's accused me of having ornaments in my yard that are stolen and said I've sent him poison pen letters.
A search of her home uncovered three poison pen letters ready for posting - and the picture of the officer she had accused.