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
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A rather subdued Hayley was shocked to find a poison-pen letter through her door telling her that as a Brummie she should leave Ambridge and go back to Birmingham.
GERAINT JONES added a compelling new chapter to the Canterbury Tales when he revealed a poison-pen letter spurred him towards Ashes glory.
YORKSHIRE have leapt to the defence of Darren Gough after the England hero received a poison-pen letter accusing him of putting country before club.
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.
ASCHOOL reunion website is in danger of becoming a haven for poison-pen letters, it has been warned.
The victims of the poison-pen letters had all criticised changes to the service last November which led to rubbish piling up on the streets for weeks.
The firm has also received a succession of poison-pen letters through the post, with vandals also sending their company's brochures back, ripped up.
Pompey fans sent Redknapp poison-pen letters when he joined Saints but a recent local newspaper poll has shown he is the supporters' favourite to succeed the sacked Alain Perrin.