siren song


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siren song

Something that is seductive, enticing, or appealing, but that is or may prove to be dangerous, destructive, or disastrous. Alludes to the Sirens of Greek mythology, beautiful sea creatures who lured sailors to their deaths with enchanting music and voices. Even though most people see the risks of gambling, it's possible rewards remain a siren song to many. After his hit single brought the singer overnight fame and fortune, he was quickly lured by the siren song of drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous sexual activity.
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Had I not made the mistake of listening to the "cheaper, cheaper, cheaper" siren song I might never have had the insight or the guts to reinvent the company as we did.
When we now scour English Renaissance literature in quest of deaf Ulysses, we soon find that worthy turning up in all sorts of places, tightly bound to the mast of reason and virtue, wholly impervious to the siren songs of this world, and everywhere outvying his ancient counterpart in popularity.
By having a known date well in the future, we will silence the siren song of quick fixes and ensure a fully informed national decision.
Lenders are the gatekeepers of the development process; they must have the fiscal strength to turn a deaf ear to the siren song of the developer," he says.
Today the men in charge of those two groups are more often found on the theocratic side of church-state issues, lured away by the siren song of state-sanctioned religion (although many individual Baptists and other evangelicals have held firm in the fight).
Synergy has become a siren song among the major players in the media and telecommunications industries.
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At the very least, councilors need to resist the annual siren song of the "lowest residential tax rate," a politically attractive but economically unwise move.
The rhythms beat in his blood, and the magnificent voice of Tamburlaine was a siren song in his ears.
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The rousing Glass was followed by an equally brilliant version of Siren Song.
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And many other liberals were sympathetic to Communism for more elevated reasons: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was a siren song for idealists.