siren song

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siren song

Something that is seductive, enticing, or appealing, but that is or may prove to be dangerous, destructive, or disastrous. Alludes to the Sirens of Greek mythology, beautiful sea creatures who lured sailors to their deaths with enchanting music and voices. Even though most people see the risks of gambling, it's possible rewards remain a siren song to many. After his hit single brought the singer overnight fame and fortune, he was quickly lured by the siren song of drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous sexual activity.
See also: song

siren song (or call)

the appeal of something that is also considered to be harmful or dangerous.
In classical mythology, the Sirens were sea nymphs whose beautiful singing lured sailors to their doom on submerged rocks.
See also: song
References in classic literature ?
Deep in his life-processes Life itself sang the siren song of its own majesty, ever a-whisper and urgent, counseling him that he could achieve more than other men, win out where they failed, ride to success where they perished.
If more and more companies are responding to the siren song of experimentation, doing it right may well become an important building block in gaining competitive advantage.
The author presents his case in chapters on the paradox of uphill capital flows, the quest for safety, currency wars, the siren song of capital controls, safety nets with gaping holes, and the ultimate paradox that fragility breeds stability.
For those who simply can't or won't resist the siren song of shopping on those Saturday afternoons next December, we suggest you have plenty of gas in the car and something to listen to.
Some specific topics include how marriage changed Sherlock Holmes, resisting the siren song of rationalism, and Moriarty's final human problem in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Many postwar painters have yielded to the siren song of the big brushstroke, their efforts all too often settling into cliche or parody.
You must resist the siren song of the path of least resistance and discipline yourself to do what is hard and necessary to achieve the goals that are truly possible for you.
Patrik Berger's advice to Aston Villa colleague Gareth Barry not to resist the siren song of Liverpool is the last thing Martin O'Neill needs.
Because sometimes the country faces challenges so important that the best politics in the long run is to be constructive patriots in the short run--to ignore the siren song of partisanship, and look after the nation's needs.
While some of the CFR's leading experts continue to rattle sabers and appear to be beating war drums, the dominant strain in the council's media chorus is sounding the siren song of "new thinking" concerning our relationship with Tehran.
Yet more teams than ever find themselves unable to resist the siren song of the franchise quarterback.
But by cutting off subsidies on basic items like food and fuel, privatization is likely to make the everyday lives of Iraqis more miserable and thus more susceptible to the siren song of the insurgents.
OKAY, I missed this when it came out in November and was lured back to it by the siren song of Half-Life 2.
One cannot help being reminded of the siren song of the nuclear industry in the 1970s: electricity at virtually no cost and a long-term solution for waste in a matter of years.
She wrote the siren song, "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," appeared in a cameo in the movie and recorded a duet of "I'll Fly Away" with Alison Krauss for the soundtrack.