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.
See also: song
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Deep in his life-processes Life itself sang the siren song of its own majesty, ever a-whisper and urgent, counseling him that he could achieve more than other men, win out where they failed, ride to success where they perished.
uk They also appear at St Donat's Arts Centre, Vale Of Glamorgan on September 29 Siren songs - Sarah's favourites The White Cliffs of Dover "The older audiences love this one and know all the words.
Mythology provides clues for dealing with siren songs.
Tadic is a rare moderate in a country too often tempted by the siren songs of demagogues.
Fabio Capello has swiftly showed there's more to him than Ricky Gervais' doppelganger in the television comedy show Extras by resisting the siren songs that were set to usher David Beckham towards his hundredth cap tomorrow night.
A female artist who came of age during the gender-troubled '60s and '70s, Heilmann has consistently leaned on notions of the self-contained, reduced object, coaxing siren songs from rectangles, circles, and squares.
LENNOX Lewis must not listen to the siren songs of those urging him to fight a rematch with Vitali Klitschko before he brings the curtain down on his brilliant career.
Too many students are lulled by the siren songs of military service cooing promises of funding for higher education.
The lure of subsidies remains strong, which is why demagogues such as the senior senator from Massachusetts keep up their tired siren songs.
The adventures are mainstays of Western civilization: escaping the siren songs, the man-eating cyclops, Hades.
Siren Songs, the latest collection of essays on opera, gender, and sexuality, makes a significant contribution to these projects.
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.
Sure, Avalon, the island's only city, is a compendium of coastal tourist-town trappings: restaurants, hotels and b&bs generally are overpriced; crummy souvenir stands hawk Catalina-emblazoned everything; seaside bars beckon with the siren songs of Jimmy Buffett.
And with TV home makeovers, cookery shows and daytime soaps singing their siren songs, briefcases are increasingly being exchanged for baking trays.