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poison with (something)

1. To introduce some kind of poison into a person's or animal's system in order to sicken or kill them. A noun or pronoun is used between "poison" and "with." She slowly poisoned John with small doses of arsenic over the course of several years. Someone has been poisoning local wildlife with antifreeze.
2. To lace, taint, or coat something with some kind of poison. A noun or pronoun is used between "poison" and "with." Someone poisoned the soup with cyanide. The tribe poisons the tips of their arrows with a substance found on the backs of certain frogs.
3. To pollute or dirty something with some toxic, poisonous, or otherwise harmful substance. A noun or pronoun is used between "poison" and "with." The nuclear power plant has been accused of poisoning the city's water supply with poorly contained toxic waste. If we continue to poison the atmosphere with all the CO2 our cars and factories belch out, we're going to make our planet uninhabitable in a matter of years!
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poison (someone or an animal) with something

to render someone or an animal sick or dead with a poison. He intended to poison his wife with arsenic. Barry wanted to poison the cat with something that left no trace. He poisoned himself with the cleaning compound.
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poison something with something

to render something poisonous with something. She poisoned the soup with arsenic. They are poisoning our water supply with pollutants.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
It was a still afternoon--the golden light was lingering languidly among the upper boughs, only glancing down here and there on the purple pathway and its edge of faintly sprinkled moss: an afternoon in which destiny disguises her cold awful face behind a hazy radiant veil, encloses us in warm downy wings, and poisons us with violet- scented breath.
Big oil spoils the environment; big finance and its fictitious investments destroy wealth; and big food poisons us with toxic additives and byproducts, especially fast food which is linked to obesity.