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.
He was a child prodigy, performing the Grieg concerto at London's Queen's Hall aged nine but he quit music school at 16 - seduced by the siren song of popular music.
For those who simply can't or won't resist the siren song of shopping on those Saturday afternoons next December, we suggest you have plenty of gas in the car and something to listen to.
We urge states to avoid the siren song of Wall Street and fully examine the true costs of privatization, as Ohio has, and look for other, less risky ways to pay for their roads and bridges.
Some specific topics include how marriage changed Sherlock Holmes, resisting the siren song of rationalism, and Moriarty's final human problem in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Many postwar painters have yielded to the siren song of the big brushstroke, their efforts all too often settling into cliche or parody.
You must resist the siren song of the path of least resistance and discipline yourself to do what is hard and necessary to achieve the goals that are truly possible for you.
But the nature of the siren song guiding this descent remained a mystery until now.
Because sometimes the country faces challenges so important that the best politics in the long run is to be constructive patriots in the short run--to ignore the siren song of partisanship, and look after the nation's needs.
While some of the CFR's leading experts continue to rattle sabers and appear to be beating war drums, the dominant strain in the council's media chorus is sounding the siren song of "new thinking" concerning our relationship with Tehran.
Yet more teams than ever find themselves unable to resist the siren song of the franchise quarterback.
But by cutting off subsidies on basic items like food and fuel, privatization is likely to make the everyday lives of Iraqis more miserable and thus more susceptible to the siren song of the insurgents.
OKAY, I missed this when it came out in November and was lured back to it by the siren song of Half-Life 2.
She wrote the siren song, "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," appeared in a cameo in the movie and recorded a duet of "I'll Fly Away" with Alison Krauss for the soundtrack.
She is immune to the Siren song and single-handedly saves Sinbad's crew from a watery grave.