kiss of death

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kiss of death

n.
Something that is ultimately ruinous, destructive, or fatal: "Divorce was once a political kiss of death" (Ellen Goodman).

[From the kiss by which Judas betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:44-46) .]

kiss of death

n
an act or relationship that has fatal or disastrous consequences
[from Judas' kiss that betrayed Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:44–45)]

kiss′ of death′


n.
a relationship or action that makes failure or ruin inevitable.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kiss of death - something that is ruinous; "if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career"
calamity, catastrophe, tragedy, disaster, cataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
Translations

kiss of death

n (fam) the kiss of deathil colpo di grazia