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.
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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.
After a minister read out and tabled in parliament an anonymous letter casting the most appalling aspersions on top judicial officials, one cannot but wonder when - and not if - the Rajapaksas would legalise the use of poison-pen letters as sufficient evidence to convict anyone of any crime.
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.
The truth comes out when Carl suspects that Chloe wrote the poison-pen letters that ruined his relationship with Chas.
Chas is livid when she finds out Chloe (Amy Nuttall) wrote poison-pen letters and faked her pregnancy to Carl King (Tom Lister).
One of them, who sent poison-pen letters, has now been caught and is understood to be receiving psychiatric help, but the other is still at large.
Laura and Mo are sure Janine is responsible for the poison-pen letters and hatch a plan to catch her.
Families were driven from their homes, and innocent men became the target for poison-pen letters when they were mistaken for known sex offenders.
Cognizant that bad press and poison-pen letters to the editor grabs the attention of the Bay Street financiers, the city intends to have a public relations strategy in place to ensure that local success stories and updates on ongoing city initiatives are heard.
The former Brookside actor (pictured left), renowned as a fervent socialist, has been forced to admit he was once in the Nazi-loving National Front following a string of poison-pen letters to TV chiefs.
Hershiser said he got 10-to-15 poison-pen letters a month early in the season, as he staggered from the gate with a record of 0-3.
Then the heartless sickos bombarded the Scots cattleman with sinister poison-pen letters, warning that they would "be back for more".
of death, the Dexedrine clouds & poison-pen letters floating back to earth,