Judas kiss


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Judas kiss

A traitorous action disguised as a show of affection. The phrase alludes to the Biblical account of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, who kissed Jesus to identify him to the authorities arresting him. Don't try to be my friend now, it's just a Judas kiss! I know you're trying to get more information out of me so you can report it to the headmaster!
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a Judas kiss

an act of betrayal, especially one disguised as a gesture of friendship.
Judas Iscariot was the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the authorities in return for thirty pieces of silver: ‘And he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast’ (Matthew 26:48).
See also: Judas, kiss
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From beginning to end, the collection suggests the importance of accepting the good with the bad, the Judas kiss of betrayal becoming a symbol of human life, a mix of the seeds of love and hate without judgment:
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So the betrayal was essential in order that the sacrifice could be made, the Judas kiss ensuring it WOULD be made (and Mel could make his movie).
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Hitchens must have wondered what it would feel like "to plant the Judas kiss.
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There are numerous allusions to his crime in figures of speech: a Judas kiss, thirty pieces of silver, and the name itself all signify treachery and deception.
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With an unrelenting onslaught of booming power chords and bone-crunching percussion, Hetfield orders, "Bow down/Surrender into me/Submit infectiously/Sanctify your demons/Into abyss/You don't exist/Cannot resist/The Judas Kiss.