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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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The defiant business owner said his father immediately went out to purchase four more flags after opening the poison pen letter, which was posted anonymously.
Earlier today, there was also an emailed poison pen letter that sought to discredit Md Othman as someone with vested interest if he becomes the Johor mentri besar, despite him confirming that he will resign from his corporate position if he wins Kukup.
These are anonymous cowards who, having failed to turn the old poison pen letter into an online art form, end up throwing a digital turd.
The Other Woman - Laura Wilson, Quercus - out now WEALTHY, happily married and more than a little bit smug, Sophie's comfortable existence is rocked when she receives a poison pen letter claiming to be from her husband's mistress.
Out now Wealthy, happily married and more than a little smug, Sophie's comfortable existence is rocked when she receives a poison pen letter claiming to be from her husband's mistress.
An Australian mother recently received a poison pen letter from friends infuriated by her constant updates on her baby daughter.
But it seems she's never given much thought to what the groom got up to following the disastrous ceremony, until she receives a poison pen letter asking her if she knows what her husband got up to on Christmas night.
Ex-Town striker Joe Harper describes Huddersfield as 'hell on Earth A FORMER Huddersfield Town player has written a poison pen letter to Huddersfield - describing the town as 'hell on Earth'.
He fears now that somebody has discovered he killed Colin Fishwick; flowers with the words 'Rest in Peace' have been left on the steps of the factory, and now he's received a poison pen letter to his house.
A homeowner decided the very public response was necessary after receiving a poison pen letter from an anonymous resident criticising the state of his home and labelling it the "worst in Holyhead Road".
POLICE were investigating claims last night that comedian Catherine Tate was targeted by a poison pen letter writer.
COMEDIAN Catherine Tate has been targeted by a poison pen letter writer.
The Star reported Gan as rebutting the poison pen letter that alleged she misused funds and was absent from the constituency, in which she responded that she had just given birth last month.
A poison pen letter written on the group's headed notepaper to Mayor Joe Anderson would be funny (and not just because of the spelling mistakes and bad grammar) if it wasn't so sad, and didn't concern such a serious issue.