poison (one) against (someone or something)

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poison (one) against (someone or something)

To inspire or manipulate one to take a very negative, hateful, or disdainful view of someone or something. It's like Tommy's new girlfriend has been poisoning him against us—ever since they started dating, he's been turning his back on us. The bitter election ended up poisoning many voters against the democratic process entirely.
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poison someone against someone or something

to cause someone to have negative or hateful thoughts about someone, a group, or something. You have done nothing more than poison Gerald against all of us! Stop talking to him! Your negative comments poisoned everyone against the proposal.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Once Claire distances herself, it's "game on'' for studly and strategic Noah, whose first step is to take Claire's good-natured but timid teenage son, Kevin (well played by Ian Nelson), under his wing and poison him against his father.
Who knows what condition Adam is in, what his emotional state may be, what lies he may be being fed to poison him against the mother from whom he was allegedly snatched - or even where he is.
She says she will take legal action to get access to her grandson but I'm terrified she will try to poison him against me.
He claimed his step-mother, who he said was 20 years younger than his dad, had "moved in" on his father and, over a number of years, began to poison him against his family.