poison-pen letter

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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.
See also: letter

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 poison-pen letter episode is illuminating in more ways than one.
After being revealed as the poison-pen letter writer, Steven goes to stay with Pat and announces he wants to see his real father, leaving Ian with a difficult decision.
Her cunning plan to oust Janine from the square gathered pace as she set up an ``elaborate'' plot - with equally scary Mo - to trick Janine into revealing herself as the poison-pen letter writer.
The victims of the poison-pen letters had all criticised changes to the service last November which led to rubbish piling up on the streets for weeks.
Laura and Mo are sure Janine is responsible for the poison-pen letters and hatch a plan to catch her.
The poison-pen letters started arriving after the couple got together at Christmas.