turn to ashes in (one's) mouth

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turn to ashes in (one's) mouth

To become sickeningly disappointing; to go from being a source of joy or hope to one of despair or anger. The joy of our wedding turned to ashes in my mouth as her cruel nature soon began bubbling to the surface. The hope we had turned to ashes in our mouths as it became increasingly clear that the president wouldn't uphold any of his campaign promises.
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turn to ashes in your mouth

become bitterly disappointing or worthless.
This phrase alludes to the Dead Sea fruit, a legendary fruit which looked appetizing but turned to smoke and ashes when someone tried to eat it. The fruit are described in the Travels attributed to the 14th-century writer John de Mandeville .
1995 Guardian Those who marvelled at the phenomenal climbing feats of Pedro Delgado in the 1988 Tour found words such as ‘heroic’ and ‘Herculean’ turn to ashes in their mouths during the probenecid (a masking agent) scandal.
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So we move to the very epitome of a dead rubber at Fulham and the season's end after nine months of frustrations and minimal expectation as I believe a character in GOT says: "The day will come when you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.
For those old enough to remember a beautiful black face framed in an afro halo, this collection of 12 speeches by Angela Davis is a call to once again stoke revolutionary fires before they turn to ashes. As Davis reminds us, elected officials, regardless of their commitment, cannot be expected to do their job unless ordinary citizens advocate and organize for radical change.
He assured the Iranian nation that the army will turn to ashes any aggressors which would have even dream of endangering the Iranian borders.
We all know what happened next, although it took five long years for the Phoenix dream to turn to ashes. But that was then.
THE night of November 5, 2008, was when Jerome Quinn's professional career as a BBC broadcaster started to turn to ashes.
And this is not withstanding the pace needed for a range of demanding arias and bucketsful of emotional energy required as Cio-Cio San's life and hopes turn to ashes.
Forgotten years, and it will turn to ashes. Grass will grow, the
Tyrone, played by Alan Halsall, leaves the cooker on and his dreams soon turn to ashes.
One in 10 of those who die now turn to ashes in their final service.
Bar winning the European Capital of Culture, everything seems sooner or later to turn to ashes.
Of course itOs hard as well as heartbreaking to watch everything she touches turn to ashes. But all a loving daughter can do is stand back and hold the hankies.
His presidency will turn to ashes as the country turns against him.