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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.
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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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10 years ago A TEESSIDE man handed himself into police claiming to be the poison pen letter writer behind a two-year hate campaign in Thornaby.
Former Odyssey Arena boss Peter Curistan said he was determined to find who sent the poison pen letter branding him "gangster" and "money mover".
Target: Buchanan is accused of sending the poison pen letter
The poison pen letter sent to Rest And Be Thankful owner Frank Gorka (inset
The court heard Mrs Dunn had taken the poison pen letter to police but the author was never found.
And in the same way that Mr Hyde was more forthright, strong, and interesting as Dr Jekyll, so the poison pen letter writer becomes all that he or she believes himself to actually be when pen gets put to paper.
It's easy to say he is bluffing but he has already carried out one threat - to send the poison pen letter out.
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.
Patrick is forced to confess his part in the poison pen letters and Phil Mitchell is shocked when the police turn up with news of Lisa.
Meanwhile, Janine is being blamed for the poison pen letters, and is thrown out of the B&B and forced back on the game.
He continued, "I can live with the 'OBE Gough' comments (Only Bowls for England) and even the poison pen letters.
Chloe makes the mistake of reminding Carl about the poison pen letters
The poison pen letters are back in the post and Janine becomes the chief suspect.
Prison bosses have been keeping the poison pen letters from him because he is so ill.